Adeniums forum: Hmmm... not so good

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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Aug 12, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Today I decided to check on the sick adenium I'm trying to nurse back to health for my mom. It has been hanging, I don't know, about a month and a half? Anyway. There is more root rot.

This is the front view, pretty bad: Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/cf36f0

This is the back view, not so bad: Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/766087

I checked the roots, and one of them basically broke off my hand. I decided to cut it, and see how far the root went. The cut piece is on the side.

Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/272316

Since it looked pretty decent, I decided to pot it up:

Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/50e6b5 ...and sprinkled with cinnamon of course! Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/2ecb33

But now I don't know if I should give up on the plant. I cut more into the caudex, and as you can see, the damage is extensive:

Thumb of 2012-08-12/MamaIve12/09b12b

What do I do now? Crying
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RobertB
Aug 12, 2012 12:17 PM CST
Oh wow, that looks bad Sad . I think you did about as good as you could with the damage you had. I notice you just have rocks is that your regular media?

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Wilfred
Aug 12, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Hi Ive, even though it looks bad it still has a chance to recover. Let it plenty of air to dry out the rotted area, as soon as you see it is completly dry try peeling it off than let it dry a little more before planting it again.

now the other one that looks like only caoude was left, check and see if can see if there any area on it were a leaf used to be at, if there is none than try to graft a piece of another plant into it. I say this because if there is no leaf outlet on the caudex it won't grow anymore and eventualy rot away. hope this helps you.

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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Aug 12, 2012 2:28 PM CST
Well, I'll try to operate again, and hang it back up.

I really thought it was coming along. *Blush*
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Wilfred
Aug 12, 2012 6:46 PM CST
Hey Ive, let the rotted part to dry up first than try to piel the dry rotted part off than it should heal nicely.

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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Aug 13, 2012 5:24 AM CST
Hi Robert, I use rocks just for the bottom, and the top. There is actually soil in there. Smiling

Wilfred, I didn't keep digging yesterday; so I'll hang the plant back up again. I'm kind of bummed about the root part, since I've never tried to graft anything in my life. I'll look and see if I can cut off a piece from another of my adeniums, just to give it a try.

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coconut
Aug 13, 2012 7:25 AM CST
Haha, I have a root that's been green and sitting there for nearly a year now. Hahaha, I think it's funny as can be, a root. I'll post a photo in a few days...
Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Sep 4, 2012 8:01 AM CST
...and I'm oficially giving up on this one. Caudex is toast. Crying
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Dutchlady1
Sep 4, 2012 8:17 AM CST
I usually consider this sort of thing 'Adenium lessons'.... Thumbs down
Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Sep 4, 2012 9:57 AM CST
Well, it was my mom's lesson. Rolling my eyes. That poor adenium spent weeks sitting in water before I rescued it.

I was just trying to nurse it back to health. Lived, learned and moving on.
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Name: Robert B
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RobertB
Sep 4, 2012 4:53 PM CST
Been there done that also... but you gave a valiant effort!! Thumbs up

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