I have two dessert roses that I just got last summer, I live in mid Michigan, so I have been keeping the plant inside. I very rarely water it, since I am afraid to cause rot. When I got them I followed the directions that came with them, I planted them in shallow pots, with cactus mix potting soil that drains well.
One plant is very small and has had a soft caudex for a while, but other than that the plant seems to be ok, the leaves are green and the stem is not really soft either.
The second plant is a bit larger, and has been doing good, occasionally a leaf would turn brown and fall off, but I assumed this was normal, until today when I noticed the caudex is extremely squishy, (almost gooey, feeling). The leaves are still green, and the stem is semi- firm. I am worried about loosing them to rot, or something else.
Neither plant has ever bloomed. Does anyone have any advice? I have not had these plants in direct sunlight, could this be part of the problem?
The first five pics are of the small plant the others are of the bigger plant.