How to transplant Adenium obesum

We continue with the sequence of articles related to transplantation. We have already seen how it was made with a large tree, the Ginkgo , with an ornamental plant,  Spathiphyllum , and now it is the turn of  Adenium obesum . Through all the photos we will be able to closely follow the transplanting process and its preparation in a pot. 


It is the turn of  Adenium obesum , a plant native to the desert of Asia Minor, mostly present-day Palestine, Jordan and Israel. To give you an idea, its flower is the same as that of oleanders . It can lose the leaf in winter, nothing happens, it is normal and at that time it is better not to water, the earth can get a little damp since rot is sudden and very difficult to cure.

The idea of ​​the transplant comes to me from old age.

The pot cracked, a little, but enough to make the kitchen a mess. But you have to recycle.

We drill a few holes, without the hammer option and from the unglazed part towards it.

And already put in the pot ready to be cooked like a Christmas turkey.

Why have I taken all the land from him? These plants, I already said, are especially sensitive to rotting and I am going to put those mixtures of soil, mulch and sand that I explained to you in the Earths . This mixture drains very well and will always be drier than the peat you had it with. If below it always remains much more humid than above, due to the difference in drainage, the plant will die even though the upper soil is dry. Be careful with the mixtures!


Non-woven cotton fabric, geotextile, which acts as a filter and prevents the holes from clogging.

I have pulled out of my sleeve this little plant, Soleiroila soleiroilii , originally from Corsica and Sardinia as you will see on the internet, but it is not entirely true. In a northern area of ​​the slope of Puig Major, Serra de Tramunta, declared a World Heritage Site, there is a community of this plant discovered by the UIB professor of Botany, Lleonard Llorens. Well, that, we must add Mallorca to its origin.

We pinch a little plant and …

And we bury, we are cutting remember it.

We spray abundantly, Soleiroila, formerly Helxine soleiroilii, needs more water than Adenium.

Photographs and text provided by Eduardo Casasnovas .

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