How to prune or trim Adeniums to enhance growth

It’s been nearly a year now that I have started my Adenium garden on the balcony. The plants are growing well. What I notice is that the stems of the older plants have become tall but there hasn’t been any branching and the caudex is not getting wider, at least not as much I think those should. What I have learnt is that the stems will just keep on getting longer and the actual look of the plant will not improve any more. I should start pruning the tree. I expect the trees to become more beautiful once the start to regrow.

Before pruning

These were my plants before pruning

Before pruning (1)

Before pruning (1)

Before pruning (2)

Before pruning (2)

Before pruning (3)

Before pruning (3)

I planned to trim the branches and keep about 2-3 inches only. That should induce branching and lateral growth and enhance the look of the plants. Adenium is known as a natural bonsai but for turning it into a bonsai the plants need to be pruned once a year.

How to prune

To prune the plants I got a sharp blade and an alcohol swab. The process to prune the plants is as follows.

  1. Swipe the blade with the alcohol swab. This disinfects the blade.
  2. After a few seconds the blade will dry up and there will be no trace of alcohol on it
  3. Gently chop the branches/stems at the point moving the blade in one stroke so that the branch/stem is cut cleanly
  4. Swipe the blade with alcohol swab again so that if you need to chop more trees or branches the disease (if exists) in one plant will not get transferred to the other
  5. Repeat the process as many times as you need to

After pruning

After pruning the plants look like the following

After pruning (1)

After pruning (1)

After pruning (2)

After pruning (2)

After pruning (3)

After pruning (3)

See how it is done here

Here is a video on the pruning process

This is a video on how an adenium has produced branches after pruning

After a few weeks the plants should start producing new branches. I will follow up with more articles. Keep reading

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