Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 3 - Four Petal Pattern

With the wildly successful project I recently made on the Twist Basket pattern, I'm sharing another design called the Four-Petal pattern.

The Four-Petal Pattern is so named because the design appears to be the four petals of a flower. The same technique may be used for a six-petal pattern.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 2 - Twist Basket Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)

To be able to twist the cage (or basket) of the Adenium Stem Sculpture, you need to be able to rotate the top half or upper stem of the adenium plant. Rotation may be up to 180 degrees or to the extent that the stem will allow.

Once the cage is twisted, there is a waiting time of two weeks. This will allow the cut adenium strips to partially dry and heal while set into their new curved positions.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 2 - Twist Basket

In a previous article, I discussed in detail how to create a basic cage as a Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture. This time, we'll put a twist to that basic cage and make it a Twist Cage, pun intended.

Sometimes, this design is also called Twist Basket. It takes inspiration from the Twist Basket design in stair balusters as shown below-left:

Although the baluster on the left has 4 twisted strips, the adenium plant on the right has 6 twisted strips.

The concept is easy. Create a basic cage and then carefully twist the top half of the adenium stem so the cage twists along with it. The technique for successfully twisting the cage is the main topic for this article.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 1 - Basic Cage

After the tutorial on Adenium flat grafting method, we'll discuss a project on Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture.

Just when you thought that braiding the stems of adeniums (desert rose) was cutting-edge in transforming these already beautiful plants into an art form, here comes another.

Stems of adeniums are so flexible and versatile for all sorts of bending, cutting and splicing that there's plenty of options for stunning end-results.

Easy Compound Marcotting or Air-Layering for Quick Propagation

Spawned by the article on serpentine air-layering, I'm writing this one on how to easily propagate your favorite vines using compound marcotting.

As long as the vine branch is thick enough to perform marcotting, then you do marcotting in between nodes. Nodes that have leaves or foliage are preferable.

Before, I was hesitant to air-layer several parts of the vine (in other words multiple marcots), for fear that the vine may not have the "energy" to allow the marcots to root. That, however, is not so much the case.

Cleft Grafting, Top-Wedge Graft or V-Graft - Part 4

(This is the continuation from Part 3)

  1. Move the grafted plant to a quiet part in the garden where it will be shaded and won't be disturbed. I usually place it under the shade of taller garden plants.

Cleft Grafting, Top-Wedge Graft or V-Graft - Part 3

(This is the continuation from Part 2)

  1. To prepare the root stock, use the pair of pruning shears to cut. Just like the scion, ensure that the cut part of the stock has the greenish cambium just beneath the bark as shown below.