Adeniums forum: Desert Rose(?) collapse

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Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
May 14, 2016 10:01 AM CST
My plant I was told was a desert rose. Has collapsed in half. I cut it under the collapse and then cut the top that was seperated above the collapse. Will these two pieces grow? And recover? How do I, if possible, root and plant the top half. Its never been super hardy.. Only mild growth over almost 2 years. Its very small. Thin. It hasn't gotten a lot of direct Sun in my apartment which will be changing soon. I will be moving to a place with a balcony finally. I think with afternoon sun I have killed almost every cactus and succulent since I've lived here.. And now this. I think my apartments too cold too, I keep it around 71 and its darkish..
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
May 14, 2016 10:56 AM CST
aocain said: I think with afternoon sun I have killed almost every cactus and succulent since I've lived here.. And now this. I think my apartments too cold too, I keep it around 71 and its darkish..


Do you mean without afternoon sun? Succulents love direct sunlight and heat. (All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.) Without pictures I'm trying to see in my mind's eye the collapse and cutting of your desert rose (adenium). I will venture to say...allow the top half to callous over for about 5 days, then plant in cactus mix. Moisten the soil lightly and plant it...do not water for about a week.

I seriously doubt the bottom half (the caudex) will grow new stems; but one never knows with these amazing plants. If the caudex is super-soft and you see dark flesh at the cut, then it has rotted and cannot be saved.

Glad you're moving to a place that has an outdoor balcony where your succulents can thrive. nodding
Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
May 14, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Sorry Rainbow, there should have been a period there after a comma..lol my new place will have afternoon sun this place barely had morning sun. I'm South East now and only one window that gets any sun and not strong and the porch is severly covered.
My new place is East facing I think.
I was having issues uploading pics earlier. Here's one from right after I cut I should have taken one before to show you. Thanks for your help..
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
May 14, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Alli, yours does not look like an adenium plant to me. @RCanada Rick, is this plant an adenium?
Name: Rick
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RCanada
May 14, 2016 8:31 PM CST
Kadie, Alli,
At first glance I would say No, to it being an Adenium. The cut end of the branch shows quite a wide cambium layer of tissue and not much core. This is not typical. The one leaf that is visible looks like it could be from an adenium, but the stem of leaf is so long and Chlorotic that it makes me dubious.
Reading what Alli has said about negligible light or sun, cool would definitely lead to poor grow.

I do not think that this plant has much room for success unless extreme measures and the requirements are met for good healthy growing of Adeniums.
Just my thoughts.
Rick
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
May 15, 2016 6:56 AM CST
I agree with Rick. Another thing I noticed is that the leaf nodes on the stem are round instead of crescent.

Alli, I'd like to suggest posting this picture on the i.d. forum to ask for identification of this plant. Angel
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Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
May 15, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Thank you everyone, I will post some pics.
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Alfred Austin
Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
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Rainbow
May 15, 2016 10:40 PM CST
You're most welcome, Alli! I tip my hat to you. Hope you acquire adeniums to add to your collection of succulents. They are fabulous and pretty much easy to grow. Smiling

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