Adenia Volkensii

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The term “Adenia” comes from the Greek term “Aden” meaning “gland,” about glands found on the leaves of this species. Adenia Volkensii was named after George Ludwig August Volkens, a German botanist. This succulent is native to Tanzania, Uganda, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanganyika Terrace. If you are looking for an easy-to-grow plant, Adenia Volkensii might be your perfect choice. Aside from its beautiful appearance, this succulent is also harvested from the wild as a medicine for bronchitis, cough, fever, and enema.

Scientific Name:Adenia Volkensii.
Other Names:Kiliambiti.
Average Mature Height & Width:3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Adenia Volkensii Summary

Physical Characteristics

Adenia Volkensii’s visual appeal is its unique caudex, like the plant’s thick and bulbous trunk. The caudex can vary in size and shape (from a few inches to over a meter). It can be partially visible above the ground or entirely underground. This caudex’s color ranges from brownish-gray to deep ochre.

It has serrated leaves that appear during the summer season. Its leaves are gray-green with reddish vines.

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About flowers, they are trumpet-shaped, small, and cream-colored, with a lovely fragrance. You can start to see it in spring, but the peak of the blooming season is summer. However, it starts to fall if the climate is getting cold. This succulent also produces male and female flowers on different plants.

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Adenia Volkensii Care

Light: Place in bright, indirect sunlight. These succulents love plenty of light but should be protected from harsh, direct sunlight, which can scorch their leaves.

Temperature: Adenia Volkensii prefers warm temperatures, 70-85°F (21-29°C) during the growing season. However, they can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures in the winter, but avoid exposing them to frost or temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

Soil: Use a cactus or succulent potting mix with added perlite or sand to improve drainage. A mixture of two parts potting mix to one part perlite or sand works well.

Watering: Adenia Volkensii is drought-tolerant and should dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, but be cautious not to overwater. During the growing season (spring and summer), water more frequently (1-2 times/week), and reduce watering in the dormant season (fall and winter).

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Humidity: These succulents can tolerate low humidity levels but appreciate occasional misting during the growing season. However, ensure that the leaves and caudex do not stay wet for long periods, as this can lead to rot. Just provide just enough moisture to prevent the caudex from shriveling.

Fertilization: Feed your Adenia Volkensii with a balanced, diluted, liquid succulent fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Apply fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth. Reduce or stop fertilization during the dormant season.

Toxicity: Knowing its potential toxicity is important, especially if you have pets or small children. It is known that the plant has highly toxic levels. If you want to prune, trim, or cure it, make sure to use hand gloves and avoid direct contact with the plant.

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Adenia Volkensii Growth

Adenia Volkensii can be propagated through seeds and cuttings. When propagating through seeds, remember that germination might take a few weeks. When propagating through cuttings, check if you use a clean garden knife.

For more reading: An Overview Of How To Propagate Succulents: Introducing Different Methods.

Pruning might be helpful to keep Adenia Volkensii in shape and to remove any dead or dying leaves.

Repot your succulent once it doubles its size or every 2-3 years. Just like when pruning, it is crucial to wear gloves when transplanting. Choose a bigger pot that will allow your Adenia Volkensii to grow fully.

Generally, this type of succulent is resistant to pests but still looks for pests like mealybugs and aphids. Watch out for overwatering, as it may cause problems for your plant.

Commonly asked questions about Adenia Volkensii

Recently, I find it really interesting that many succulent lovers struggle with how to care for Adenia correctly, especially in terms of temperature. Let’s see what happened with the Adenia below and solve together:

A thread from raelovesplants: Looking for some advice! These babies got too cold in the mail.

Answer: I think if you are in cold weather, you should put it indoors where temperatures are above freezing (21°C-29°C is ideal). You also need to trim or prune dead leaves and a small part of stem on the top, keep the main body and root of the succulent so that the new leaves can thrive. Be careful!! because this Adenia is toxic so you should use hand gloves and avoid contact directly with the plant.

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