Adenia ellenbeckii: Grow and Care

The Adenia ellenbeckii comes from the Passifloraceae family, where its plants vary from large lianas on the roofs of the forests, passing through small vines, trees, and shrubs.

However, the vast majority of species are woody vines that reach several meters in length; this family has around 18 genera and about 630 species.

Within the Passifloraceae, you can find the Adenia group, which is a genus of flowering plants that include

Adenia ellenbeckii is a shrub that can grow up to about 1.5 m tall. 

The stem is erect or more or less woody about 30 to 60 cm tall.

The leaves have an ovate outline, 2 to 17 cm long, 1.5 to 11 cm wide, and also have 3 to 5 main veins from the base.

The leaf margins are variously toothed pale green.

Adenia ellenbeckii produces 1 to 10 flowers on male plants and 1 to 3 flowers on female plants.

Male flowers are tubular, 20 to 50 mm long, and 3 to 6 mm wide. 

The female flowers are tubular, 12 to 35 mm long.

Each inflorescence produces only one fruit. 

These fruits are between 2 to 5 cm in diameter, soft, and quite fleshy inside.

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Adenia ellenbeckii Care

Follow these steps, and you won’t have any issue with the care of your succulent plant.

Illumination

Adenia ellenbeckii can grow quite well in full sun or partial shade. 

Something curious about this plant is that the Adenia ellenbeckii likes to be in the shade, while the leaves like to be in the sun.

One recommendation is to protect your plant during the sunniest summer hours to prevent the leaves from burning.

Substratum

A very porous substrate is needed; you can add a universal substrate: pumice, vulcanite, and perlite to improve drainage.

If you don’t want to get too complicated with the substrate, you can buy a substrate for cacti and succulents, as they do very well.

Propagation

The best way to propagate your Adenia ellenbeckii is through seeds, since propagation by cuttings is possible, but usually, the plant does not produce a caudex.

If you want the plant to produce seeds, the best way to propagate them is from cuttings since they bloom more freely. 

But if you want the plant as decoration, it is best to grow them from seeds, since they develop a caudex.

Watering

This plant should be watered with some regularity in summer, while in winter, it is best to keep the soil dry as much as possible to prevent the plant from rotting easily.

 Also, this beautiful plant does not like to be watered a lot when it has no leaves.

Pests or diseases

The main problem with adenia is root rot when overwatered.

During spring and summer, keep taking care of your plant to prevent it from getting sick from some very common pests at this time of year.

Fertilization

You can fertilize your plant during the active growing season, that is, during spring and summer.

You only have to apply a specific fertilizer for cacti and succulents once every 2 to 3 weeks.

During the fall and winter, suspend fertilization; at this time, the plant does not need to be fertilized.

What you can do is add some fungicide during the winter (it can even be homemade) to prevent the appearance of fungi.

Temperature

These plants appreciate warm, sunny climates. 

They tolerate high temperatures quite well. 

The ideal temperature for this plant is approximately 70ºF (21ºC).

If you have your plant in a pot, it is best that you keep your Adenia ellenbeckii inside your home during the autumn and winter months, all with the purpose of protecting it from extreme cold.

If the temperature where you live is not lower than 60ºF (15ºC), you can have it outside, while if the temperature is below 44ºF (6ºC), it is best to have it inside.

Transplant

If you have your plant in a pot, it is best to transplant it every two or three years. 

If you notice that the roots are coming out of the drainage hole, it is time to transplant.

Make sure that the new pot has a drainage hole; you can also take the opportunity to add some slow-release fertilizer to strengthen your plant.

Pruning

You don’t have to prune Adenia ellenbeckii as regularly. 

You just have to remove those leaves that are already wilted, to give the plant a more beautiful appearance and maintain its health.

Toxicity

This plant’s sap is poisonous, so you should handle the plant with caution, especially when pruning or transplanting your adenia ellenbeckii. 

You should also be careful with thorns, as they can be dangerous.