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"There are more than 200 different cultivars and more than 7 species of adeniums that we grow," says Mr. Reddy, proprietor of the Chennai based company.
Adeniums India was set up in 2005. Mr. Jalandar M Reddy is the proprietor of the company. The main products the company produces are adeniums and plumeriya. "There are more than 200 different cultivars and more than 7 species of adeniums that we grow," says Mr. Reddy. The company is based in Alwarpet, Chennai.

The company has a 12 acre nursery, 50 kms away from Chennai, where it grows the produce. "We are the cultivators of all adeniums, plumerias, species, and 180 varieties of hybrid adeniums currently. Our adenium collection is growing constantly with the introduction of new varieties in the global market. Apart from that we produce vermicasting purely based on cow dung, the elixir - panchakavya and vermiwash," maintains Mr. Reddy.

Range of Adenium
The various species of adenium grown by the company are the following:

    * Adenium obesum
    * Adenium multiflorum
    * Adenium swazicum
    * Adenium somalense
    * Adenium crispum
    * Adenium boehmianum
    * Adenium oleifolium
    * Adenium socotranum
    * Adenium arabicum

When asked about the most preferred variety of adenium, Mr. Reddy says, "Adenium obeseum is most common variety and the base color is pink. This is the most preferred variety."

Further speaking about adenium carving and socotra, Mr. Reddy says, "Adenium carving can be done but it takes more than 3 to 4 years. Regarding socotra, it grows only an inch per year and getting the real socotra seeds is difficult. Socotra is mixed with other species and Thai socotra is easily available."

Ideal Climatic Condition
Adenium require less water and more sunshine for better yield of flowers. The plants grow best in climatic conditions where minimum temperature is below 18 degrees, and the maximum can be even 60 degrees. In open sun the flowers remain fresh for 8 hours a day for around 4 to 8 days and in a shady place, they will remain fresh for 8 to 15 days.

Grafting of Adenium
The base color of adenium is only pink. Other colour can be achieved by grafting only. "Only by grafting you can get exact color. For example if you have a red adenium and you get seeds, the plants from the red adenium seeds do not give you red color flowers but only pink. To get other colors like red ,white etc., you have to take root stock {pink color adenium} and desired color adenium stem called cion to graft," explains Mr. Reddy. Regarding target customers for adeniums, Mr. Reddy says, "Adeniums are outdoor plants and need more sunshine. Any household in India can buy adeniums as it is a zero maintenance plant. Bonsai is an art and it takes minimum 6 to 10 years to get perfection. But adeniums are natural bonsais."

When asked about value addition of adenium, Mr. Reddy maintains, "Adeniums are used mainly as ornamental plants only. But we are doing research to use it as a bio pesticide." Adding, "We do not export adeniums as we want to conquer the Indian market of adeniums."

Turnover
The company clocks a sales turnover of Rs.1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakhs per month. There are 10 persons working in the company.

Mr. Reddy maintains that all the farm hands are trained in growing adenium plants. "We get most of the information from net as the Indonesians, Taiwan, and Thailand farmers are 10 years ahead of us. They are very helpful and share their new techniques," he informs.

Future Plans
Speaking about the company's future plans, Mr. Reddy says, "In future we want to make adeniums very popular in India and the price should come down. By 2011 January, at least around 100 cultivars we will be selling at Rs. 25 per plant." However he adds, "The awareness about adeniums in India is very low. If we can educate people on adenium cultivation, I am sure we can be at par with South East Asia." Mr. Reddy is a commerce graduate with experience of 5 years in this field.

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