Adeniums forum: Need advice before I kill it

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Name: Gigi McKenzie
Taylors, SC (Zone 8a)
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gigim
Jan 26, 2017 12:02 PM CST
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This is my grafted Adenium when I received it in Oct. I followed the growers instructions to the letter on how and when to proceed with potting. I purchased Adenium mix from Ecogro that is made up of Coconut husk, coco peat, pumice, vermiculite, agricultural lime, trace minerals, and a small amount of slow release organic nutrients. Temps were going below the 40's at night so I kept it in a south facing window. Only watered when completely dry (finger in mix) Nothing happened, by about Dec one of the grafts started to rot so I cut it off until I got to healthy plant (all of graft on one side gone).....waited, waited still nothing. emailed grower and unpotted to check roots - next 3 pics attached left unpotted for about 2 weeks. Just repotted in a 6" azalea pot, used same mix but added some growstones as well. (wondering if I should pot it in JUST growstones, cannot find anyone who has done that) Now I notice the other graft looks wonky - will check it out more closely and cut back if it is squishy but leave if it is just dry and shriveled. Just received an LED grow light and plan on adding that tonight...should I have it on 24/7 or just at night? I know to water VERY sparingly but what does that mean exactly? I was checking the mix before and not watering until it was very dry and that does not seem to be the right way. I hate to lose the other graft - I paid $$ for a grafted plant so I could be sure I was getting the flower I wanted...wish now I had not ordered in the fall. Thanks for any help you experts can provide. Last photo is one of my smaller plants, ordered around the same time just to show that I can keep them alive... may put it in a smalled pot.....


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Name: Gigi McKenzie
Taylors, SC (Zone 8a)
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Jan 27, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Have now completed surgery on the big guy, cutting off that 2nd graft and taking the other branch down to what I hope is healthy tissue
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I am going to remove the rocks so the pot can breath and have it under the LED grow light 12 hours a day. I think my first mistake was purchasing this one in the fall when it could not be outside to get started. Maybe I will save up and try again in the spring....hope this one can make it, even if I have taken away its grafts. I guess any flowers (or even leaves at this point) would be better than death. *Blush*
Name: tarev
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Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM CST
Hello Gigi, there is still hope for it. At this point, please do not water the plant. It is in dormant stage, not doing any active growing. You have to wait patiently for it to grow new leaves to show you it is waking up. You have done the surgery and helped dry it out. You can also dab some cinnamon on the exposed cut end, to serve as fungicide. Sometimes it may start growing buds first before leaves, but still don't water, it has enough in its caudex to sustain it. You got to see new leaves form, to be truly sure it is awake and ready to get more moisture.

I have to wait for overnight temps outdoors to be 50F and above before I bring mine out. My growing conditions are milder here, but Adeniums will not be able to handle our damp/rainy cold winter, so I keep it indoors from late Fall to mid Spring and kept warm and dry. I actually got my plant in Fall of 2010, and with good advice here in NGA and reading more about this plant's dormancy stage, I finally understood, what it really means when it goes dormant.

Just try to keep your plant warm and dry, and be very patient with it for now. Leaving it alone and waiting is tough, but it is what it needs. Just try to feel the caudex from time to time, hopefully it continues to stay firm. It may shrink a bit, but as long as it stays firm, it is okay. What you don't want is to feel it go soggy.
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Name: Gigi McKenzie
Taylors, SC (Zone 8a)
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Jan 27, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Got it. No water until I see leaves. Wish the grower had told me that in the beginning, we might not be where we are but hopefully with all the great advice y'all are providing we will survive. Thumbs up
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 27, 2017 12:53 PM CST
See this link that shows Adeniums in dormant stages: http://adenium.tucsoncactus.or...

It will help you understand how it looks like while dormant, it is not often going totally leafless, but still dormant, could be blooming but dormant. I often take photos of my plant, just to remind me what it looks like year after year and compare how it grows.
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ctcarol
Jan 27, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Tarev, that link is very helpful! Thumbs up Thank You!

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