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Jul 22, 2020 9:25 AM CST
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I just started trying to grow adenium. All of mine have died or look like they are dying except the plant in the photo. It's stem used to be plump but now it is shrinking. I worry it may be dying. It has been very hot out. Is the solution to water more? Keep it inside? I think the others may have died from lack of water. Their stems thinned out extremely at a single point on the stem and I believe the stems were no longer capable of transporting water to the leaves.

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Jul 25, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Broward County, FL Zone 10a-b
Where are you located? I am in South Florida and grow Adenium as a hobby. The one in the picture looks pretty good. How many hours of direct sunlight is the plant getting? How often are you watering? These plants love a lot of sun. From the size of the caudex and the size of the leaves, I'm guessing it's a couple of months old? In my opinion, I would move it to its own small pot (no larger than 4") with plenty of drainage holes. Use a fast draining medium. My mix consists of potting soil, coarse perlite, pine bark fines. My babies are in full sun all day and I water every 3-4 days in the summer growing months. When I water, I make sure the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. If it rains, I don't water until the surface is dry. Honestly, it looks like it's in good shape but I think placing it into its own pot will help it along. Good luck!
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