Adeniums forum: Help!!! Tip of plant is dying!! :(

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Name: Kim
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klc
Dec 15, 2014 7:48 AM CST
The tip of one of my plants is dying...I haven't watered them since they were transplanted in Oct. No leaves, soil very dry...base of plant ever so slightly softer than in the beginning.... Crying

Maybe too dry??? Confused

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I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 15, 2014 8:58 AM CST
I would cut that off below the dead part and it will eventually branch from there. I love your pot btw.
Name: Kim
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klc
Dec 15, 2014 9:20 AM CST
TY Hetty.... do you think I should water them (3 plants) or still keep them dry?? Almost 2 months with not a drop....

Got the pot from ebay...it's a strawberry bowl!! I love it too!! Thumbs up
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 15, 2014 9:23 AM CST
Let's not forget these plants are called 'Desert Roses' for a reason! But maybe @coconut will chime in here. Heated houses do tend to be VERY dry.
Maybe a little misting would be ok.
Name: Kim
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klc
Dec 15, 2014 9:28 AM CST
LOL I usually struggle to keep my plants "wet" enough in the winter.... this keeping them "dry" enough is soooo hard to do!!! I want to drown them right now!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Dec 17, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Hum. I've had the same problem this summer/fall/winter. One plant was given to me completely dormant. It had a beautiful caudex, and interesting limbs that were hard as wood. I tried and tried to bring it out of dormancy, but it started rotting from the ends of the limbs. It never did grow leaves, one day the whole plant was goosh, and not the brown stinky stuff from over watering. It was rather yellow, and dry-squishy. Boo hoo,

Other plants are trying or have done the same thing. Weird!

Your plant, I would dip your cutting tool on isopropyl alcohol, to sterilize it, and cut an inch below the rot. If the stem's insides have any brown, cut a little more, sterilizing your cutting tool with each cut.

I take it the first photo was it blooming happily. Maybe it didn't want to go dormant, it looked so green. To abruptly go inside from a more humid outdoors might have put it into some kind of shock.

A story here--- I visited my mother, long ago, in Virginia one summer. It was boiling hot outside, 101 degrees with 95% humidity. We all stayed inside mostly. I am accustomed to about 60% humidity. After three days of that dry air conditioning, my sinuses hurt, then they started bleeding! I had a bloody nose for the last four days of my week's visit!

So, do the cut, and give the plant a small drink, maybe 1/2 a cup, every day for three days. Ha, how's that for advice? The water will move around in the potting mix some. Better sips than a flood. Let us know what happens, OK?
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Dec 17, 2014 10:11 AM CST
But be sure to not soak the soil, just damp.
Name: Kim
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klc
Dec 17, 2014 5:37 PM CST
TY Melissa! My other plants look OK so far but this one has me worried. I'll do as you suggested and let you know in a few days. Is there anything I should "seal" the cut with or just let it dry on it's own? Was such a pretty little thing, I'd hate to lose it Sighing!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Dec 18, 2014 7:22 AM CST
I raise all mine in the house in winter and I water as usual, I find mine do great that way, any time I stop water altogether they dry up and die.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Dec 18, 2014 12:28 PM CST
Doris, good gardening.

I would click "Like" if that was an option here.
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Dec 18, 2014 2:31 PM CST
I wish I could have "house plants" but my house just isn't geared for it :(
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Dec 28, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Update... I cut about 3 inches off of the plant into "good" tissue and watered it as Melissa suggested. Looks like it has stabilized and the base is now firm again.... crossing fingers that all will be well!

Hurray!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Dec 28, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Dec 29, 2014 7:19 AM CST
It is amazing how these plants recover.
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Dec 29, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Nature is awesome in it's ability to overcome Thumbs up
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying

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