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Name: Kiyeus

kiyeus
Aug 19, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum. I received a desert rose plant for my birthday about 2 years ago. When I brought it home, it was green and had flowers and looked health. Fast forward 2 years later it’s not blooming and the leaves are turning yellow and the root (I think it’s called caudex) is beginning to discolor (see picture). My uncle, before he passed away several months ago would always come over and care for it. Now he’s gone and I have no clue why my plant is dying off. Can someone please help me? I found some site that I tried to follow the site instruction but to no avail. PLEASE HELP ME! This is the only thing that I have to reminisce the time I had with my uncle and don’t want this plant to die!!

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 20, 2014 3:03 AM CST
Welcome! kiyeus.

@coconut might be able to give you advice.
It looks like maybe you are overwatering?
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coconut
Aug 21, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Hetty.........

Kiyeus, that's an impressive plant!

The roots/caudex look fine. All the tiny bumps are new rootlets, go ahead and water them along with all the roots as well as the potting mix. Looks like maybe a snail or mouse had a go at the plant, and ate some of the bark. it's all healed now, and making rootlets. You don't need to do anything with them.

I think the yellow bits on the leaves are some sort of bug. Scrape off the white things and see if they're squishy, like bugs. I haven't seen this problem before. Maybe scale.

Hope this helps, and Welcome here! Welcome! Oh, and come see us at: http://garden.org/forums/view/adenium/ a whole lot of folks with Adeniums!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 21, 2014 11:51 AM CST
Those white specks & also the dark ones on the leaves are indeed scale. Kiyeus, you can take a cloth or paper towel or Q Tip wet with alcohol & get those scales off. You might have to scrape gently with your fingernail on a few of them but they will come off.
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Name: Kiyeus

kiyeus
Aug 21, 2014 1:55 PM CST
Thank you coconut and flaflwrgrl! Also thanks for the link coconut!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Welcome!
You will need to watch it for scale in future as there may be eggs somewhere that have yet to hatch, so keep an eye out & alcohol any new ones you see.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Kiyeus

kiyeus
Aug 21, 2014 2:02 PM CST
Thanks flaflwrgrl. I will keep an eye out for them. Can I ask 1 more question? What does the eggs look like?

Thanks
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 21, 2014 2:10 PM CST
Now that I can't answer. I have never seen them & I don't know the name of that particular scale to be able to look up what the eggs look like. Certainly eensy weensey. I doubt I could see them. Look back at the photos or plant & you see the white dots? They are sort of egg shaped & at the bottom is a black dot. That is a common scale & thankfully one that can be dealt with fairly easily (& w/o resorting to toxic chemicals). The brown ones are the same scale, look closely & you can see. I'm pretty sure the brown ones are old ones but get them off anyway.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Kiyeus

kiyeus
Aug 21, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Thanks again flaflwrgrl! :0)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 21, 2014 2:58 PM CST
YVW!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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