Non sequetur: suicide by yummy
|Left: shortly after being potted up in winter 2012; Right: pruned to remove annoying slingshot look.|
|After about a week indoors, the smallest of the flower buds dried up and dropped off.|
Adenium obesum "Rik Ni Ran" in bloom. It is possible that this particular plant was so stressed by pruning that it coughed up a bunch of buds as a result. Plants are often deliberately subjected to chronic stress to coax it into blooming.
Whatever you did to make your plant bloom, know that it is normal for buds to appear and discombobulate you by dropping off for no readily apparent reason. It takes about a month for the bud to acquire heft and mature. The thing is on some kind of schedule and you won't get any sort of briefing. It reaches some maximum bud size and for days, will look exactly the same. Ignore it.
When the damn thing finally opens, however, I have to admit it is a remarkable sight. Although not particularly entertaining in the way of structure and unique features, the Rik Ni Ran, at least, makes up for it in terms of violent chromatic assault. It is loud. This flower is not dark pink; it is very loud, very bright and very red. Lego red.
The Rik Ni Ran is supposedly a double-layer flower but one of these buds opened with three.
|The flower is about 2 inches across, double layered.|
|The edges are dark purple and closer to the throat, they are dark pink, fading to white.|
|After about 7 days, all 3 buds are open.|
|One of the flowers turned out with three layers of petals.|
It turns out that if you take your blooming plant out of direct sun, the flowers keep their peak color longer. These Rik Ni Ran blooms, for instance, have not changed at all in a week. This was discovered quite by accident as the plant was brought indoors when autumn set in. Another grower in the hive had blooms early in the season and reported that the flowers did not stay red long in direct sun.
So moving a plant into dappled shade maybe with only morning sun will probably make your blooms last longer.
|Indoors, these blooms took about a week to show slight darkening from the edges of the petal inwards.|
|Then the flower just falls off!|