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toronto, canada
Sep 21, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Anyone know why the branches of my desert rose plant is so thin.

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Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
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Sep 21, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Hello, mplant14, Welcome! to NGA!

Your adenium looks thin overall, and it's wrinkled from perhaps lack of water. I would water it right away and in the next day or so you should see it plumping up.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Sep 22, 2016 7:35 AM CST
Check the caudex near the soil. Does it feel squishy? If so, it could have root rot. If it feels spongy (distinct difference from squishy!) then it needs water like KatieD said above.

If you are unsure, I would unpot it and check the base and roots. If they look healthy and white with no brown mushy spots, you can repot it, water it in, and it should recover. If there are any brown mushy rotted spots, you will need to completely cut them out, even if it means completely cutting the base off. You should cut away all rot until you only see healthy white tissue remaining in the cut sections. Then let it sit for several days for the fresh cuts to callous over and then repot in well draining soil. Water in, and then only water when it is dry.

Hope this helps, and good luck reviving your adenium! Thumbs up
Name: tarev
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Sep 30, 2016 9:47 AM CST
Hello mplant14, how long have you had this plant? Is this newly acquired? I would agree with Carter, check the root section and see the condition of the roots. It seems unable to drink so the stems are rather thin. Also where are you growing the plant, is it indoors or outdoors? What is your temperature like right now?
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