Cactus and Succulents forum→Is this rot on my Milk Bush?

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May 7, 2020 4:31 PM CST
I believe this plant is  Synadenium compactum var. rubrum, African Milk Bush (please correct me if I'm wrong).

I recently had it sitting next to a new strawberry plant I was watering daily -- somehow didn't really think about the fact that the water was spreading across the bench to the base of this planter too - for about a month. I know, rookie mistake. Otherwise I hadn't watered it at all during this time, and rarely do. (FYI I'm in Los Angeles, Zone 10a I think, it's hot and sunny every day). I've since moved it away .

I see this pattern at the soil line I didn't notice before. Worried it may have started to rot from my error. I also know it looks like it's ready to move into a larger container. Is this rot, and Can I possibly salvage this? Please any help would be appreciated!!
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May 8, 2020 4:44 PM CST


You can try to restart the plant from a healthy cutting, but don't get ahead of yourself, it could come out of this just fine. Is the base of the stem soft or squishy? Is the discolored area advancing up the stem over time? Otherwise, as long as it's able to support the weight of the plant, I'd leave it alone.


Sep 21, 2020 11:19 PM CST
Thank you so much for your reply! I guess I thought I would get some kind of notification if someone replied, so I assumed that no one had. Just decided to repost (and now can't figure out how to delete that one!) and then I searched for my old thread. Anyway no -- it isn't squishy and it seems to be doing fine still, and even grew some new offshoots on the sides. I do worry that it's going to flop over one day, it's pretty tall. Thanks again!

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