Adeniums forum: A major part of the caudex is filled with water. . .looks like a goiter.

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Jan 20, 2017 2:11 AM CST
I've grown hundreds of these from seeds (in Belize). . now in Bali I can afford to buy a quite large/healthy one for very little money. I've had it for 4 years. My cleaning helper planted small plants around it, in its pots (I guess the gorgeous fat caudex was not pleasing to him) and within a month of his watering those infant plants this happened. I touched a very fat part of the caudex (a "yam" on one side) and it was soft to the touch and obviously full of liquid. A prick and water comes out. . I uprooted the whole thing immediately (very little was below the soil level. . that was good) but it apparently pulled water up into this one "yam". .pricked it several more times and now water is slowly leaking out. An extension of it. . that went down into the soil seems the culprit and it is already soft and wrinkly. Should I remove one or both of them? I don't want to loose this magnificent plant. Ask me about growing from seeds. . . in a different thread.
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Jan 20, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Hi audreybali, Welcome!
Can you post a photo of the plant? That might help others to get a better "picture" of what is going on with your Adenium. My first thought was maybe the plant had been watered too much, to the point of the caudex rotting. If it feels soft and spongy, that is not a good sign. You might want to take a cutting to root for a new plant, just in case! I'm not real familiar with Adenium or caudex forming plants so hopefully some of our more knowledgeable members who grow those beauties will be able to offer advice.
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Jan 20, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Hello audreybali, had to read several times your post to understand what you meant. I think I do now. So your Adenium had other plants around it in same container planted by your helper, and your helper unknowingly overwatering the plants so the caudex of your plant has gone too soggy.

It would be nice to see pictures to truly understand scope of the damage.

Based on what you said, good that you pulled out the plant. If it is really rotten squishy, I would just cut it off till you get to good part, apply some cinnamon on cut end and allow it to dry very well. Let it air dry as long as you can. Do not let rainwater to it. I understand weather in Southeast Asia right now is rather unusually rainy. If you are patient enough to wait, let it air dry properly. When it is finally dry, you can return it to a well draining media, and instruct your helper do not plant other stuff around it. Give it time to acclimate in the new set-up when you have done it. May take awhile to produce new roots as it recovers.

Sometimes, air drying it totally without cutting any part may also work, but the chance of spreading rotting to the other parts of the plant is high, when humidity around is too high as well. So better to cut off the rotted parts. It might reduce the size of your plant but it will hopefully recover and grow much better.

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