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Dubai, Middle East
Tiamano
Feb 5, 2018 3:39 AM CST
Recently got an adenium plant, watered it only once, leaves getting brown at the tip and i have been removing them, i did spot some orange aphids on the new buds and removed them immediately with a cloth sprayed with rubbing alcohol
Put my adenium in better sunlight exposure, also dug up the roots for any rot and thank god roots a pretty healthy,m. The only thing I could'nt find anywhere is my plant has scaly white dry stem patches and it seems like new stem skin underneath the dry scales, i cant figure out if this is normal or is my plant fighting for a stem fungus
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BigBill
Feb 6, 2018 6:17 AM CST
You watered it only once, over what period of time?
These plants are fairly easy to grow. If they are underwatered and too dry, leaves will turn brown and drop off. The tips turn brown first and then the whole leaf. The older leaves drop first.
Watering these too much can lead to rot developing.
I use a soil that is a combination of potting soil and sand. I let the soil get dry up top, an inch or so deep, and then water thoroughly. I never let them sit and be wet. For my conditions I water once every 10 days or so in the drier months and once every 5-7 days during the warmer summer months. They need some sun and otherwise good light to produce their best flowering's.
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Dubai, Middle East
Tiamano
Feb 6, 2018 7:14 AM CST
I watered it once in a period of one week, here in dubai the weather is pleasant, sunny throughout the day, temperature max 24C, and minimum 13C, humidity nowadays is 50-60%, the growing mix is pretty sandy and felt damp, i do plan to add gravel to the bottom of the pot and shift the plant to a less deeper and wider pot because the roots were not deep, and larger pot means less drainage I guess!
When i dug it up to check the root rot, the roots looked healthy and no rotting spotted, i shifted the plant to a sunnier place and removed the leaves that had partially turned brown at the top
I still have one problem not yet figured out, the patchy dry white peeling off skin of the stem, this problem is only on the older parts of the plant, is it a self protection tactic or stem fungus, i have no idea, im waiting to see what happens, i did cut off a stem with the same white dry patch to see the inside and it was healthy branch cut, no discolouration on the transection.

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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Feb 6, 2018 7:41 AM CST
The white scales stuff is normal for this type of succulent. Not a concern at all.
Why add gravel?
These plants form a large swollen, tuber like structure at the soils surface and eventually it fills the pot. These plants do not like to be overpotted and the best flowering specimens that I have seen seem to be very cramped or tight at the roots.
Good drainage is essential and I would never use a pot without a large drainage hole. DO NOT use a pot without a drainage hole and use gravel in the bottom as a substitute. Water will collect in the bottom of the pot throwing off your whole watering regime. These plants rot very quickly. Never let them sit in standing water.
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Dubai, Middle East
Tiamano
Feb 6, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Thanku so for all the advice! Knowing that my adenium is fine is a huge relief!!
The pot does have a drainage hole, wanted to add gravel so i can know if i over watered it, and the soil is well drained, the summers are humid in dubai! Like 100% humidity in the air! Watering even less then i guess! Im grateful for the help bigbill! Hope this plant does well in summers too
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Orchids Cat Lover Birds Dahlias
BigBill
Feb 6, 2018 8:56 AM CST
My pleasure. Welcome!
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