Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Squishy spot on desert rose?

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Oct 13, 2013 12:53 PM CST
Is this serious? The rest of the plant is hard. I just brought it inside for the winter (live in Maryland) the leaves are browning and falling off which I understand is normal. The tips of the "branches" are still green. What should I do?

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Name: Hetty
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Oct 13, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP Otis.
Squishy usually means rot. I would dig the plant up and clean it well, remove any rotting material, then sprinkle cinnamon on the cut parts and hang it up to dry. Then when it is not rotting any further you can pot it up again.
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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Oct 13, 2013 7:42 PM CST
WAIT i had a desert rose get all squishy it was not rot. they get soft and squishy when not watered enough.
If you cant put your finger through it it might not be rot.
and having been cut to remove rot the chance of it being ok again are not great
has the brown spot been growing? is it the only soft bit?
good luck
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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Oct 13, 2013 7:47 PM CST
read your post and did not even get the "The rest of the plant is hard" line.
whoops it prob is rot. All i can offer is use clean sharp razor to cut it and second Hettys great instructions.
Good luck
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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Oct 14, 2013 1:29 AM CST
I had a few rotting adeniums over the last years.
Sometimes it was too late to do any surgery on them and even if I did, they never fully recovered ...
If it's not a really really big/rare/expensive Adenium, I think it's always better to stary with a new one.
For me... they rot super fast.
I am down to last 3.
When these decide to rot, I'm gonna move to a new type of plant.

PS. Hetty, you were right about the Aloe polyphylla (difficult to grow). My last one just rotted Sad
Again, I'll choose another succulent. So many to choose from.

Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Oct 14, 2013 7:49 AM CST
I agree with Hetty!
I would wait a couple of weeks before potting it up again. And make sure you are not over- potting and you are using a potting medium which drains super well. No plastic pots and no real watering until growing season starts again. ( unfortunately you don't give your location.)

As a last resort - I had ( have) an Adenium tree, I always thought it was a somalense x obesum hybrid and I used to top it off once a year at about 6 foot. Had it for years, growing it from a small baby plant. Then I noticed some rot at the foot of the trunk. I took it out of the pot, cleaned it, waited a few weeks and potted it up again. It was ok for another year and then the same happened again, this time the plant was doomed. That was in the Spring of this year.
In a desperate attempt to save it, I chopped off the top branches and dumped them into a bucket of water. That sat the whole Summer on the deck. By Fall some of the pieces actually started to green out and - upon closer inspection they also started to show small roots. I potted up the whole thing, several pieces together in the same pot! So far so good. I also added some small Senecio fulgens pieces, in the hope that down the road they might mop up some extra moisture to prevent another rot-attack.

Oct 14, 2013 10:51 PM CST
You said cinnamon on the cut parts, does that mean I should attempt to cut out the rot? I tend to water my outside plants more frequently then the inside this time of year. I work at a vineyard/winery and things are crazy, my plants get neglected at there most vulnerable transition, outside to inside. When it's outside during the summer it's out of rainfall. I'm surprised it's rot, which I would assume is over water? We had one die last year, that was around 8 years old. It was pretty sad, but we had only had it for about a year.

Do you have any pictures of how to hang it or how to cut out the rot? I love these plants, but they are so finicky it's almost infuriating!
Name: Nancy Mumpton
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Oct 26, 2013 9:46 AM CST
DutchLady is absolutely right on what to do. From the picture it looks like just one area of rot. When you water, try not to wet the caudex of the plant. I have one that I did the same thing Otis probably did. For some reason too much water accumulated in the area causing it to rot. I did what DutchLady said and my plant is fine. It calloused over in that spot and I'm careful not to pour water right on the caudex. You can see the spot in the photo.
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