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Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 17, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Hey Guys,

The caudex of my adenium feels bit soft. I checked rootrot today but no signs of rotting i see. I live in europe and planning to prune. One of my adeniums is having lots of brown leaves. I thought to myself to not water them to much during to outside temperature of minus 3 degrees in winter. What do you think of adeniums and any tips you have. Do they show signs of having to cold?

Thanks in advance
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Name: Carol
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Feb 17, 2018 6:33 PM CST
Most of what I know about Adeniums, I've learned from our Adenium forum here. Most let them remain dry during winter dormancy. From your photo, it looks like it's too wet to me.
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Feb 17, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Carol, I agree. I also know from my own experience, that the "white scale" thing is related to adding too much fertilizer. Just saying.
Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 18, 2018 11:49 AM CST
Thanks so next winter i need to not give them any water? But it is not that they are going to die? Am a newbie with adeniums. So next winter they need nothing of water?
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Feb 18, 2018 11:56 AM CST
No no no no no no no!!!
Don't go crazy! When they are actively growing in the spring through mid fall, you water them maybe once a week then when it gets cooler, growth slows, you might let them go ten days or so between waterings.
For mine I use a slow release plant food once in the spring. It promotes flowering and new shoot growth. They never lose all their leaves. But they slow down their growth rate and rarely produce buds until spring draws near.
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Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 18, 2018 12:12 PM CST
In winter i give them bit water once in two/three weeks. But i was like are they okay? I mean am very new in growing and taking care of plants. But they are alright yes ^^. Am planning to put them in a pot with drainage hole (have learned that too but are now in a not drainage hole potting and to cold to move them now). But they can survive Smiling glad to hear that. Hope that they produce flowers this spring.
Name: Carol
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Feb 18, 2018 1:22 PM CST
Get that in a pot with drainage hole now! These need very fast drainage, or they will rot. You might hang it somewhere for a few days to let those roots dry out before putting it in a new pot with very gritty soil. Please look through the Adenium forum on this site for more info on how to grow these plants. Go to the top of the page to communities and scroll to forums, then scroll down to Adeniums.
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Feb 19, 2018 1:00 AM CST


I moved your question to a new thread since it was attached to someone else's question about their plant. Thumbs up
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 19, 2018 8:52 AM CST
Liz - Europe is a big place. I ask where you are because if you are in northern Europe where winter days can be very short, you may not have adequate light for a Desert Rose. Otherwise, it will need to be on a sunny south-facing windowsill.

Outside temperature is not relevant to plants that are kept indoors. How cold is it in your home?

Here is some information from Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin, two experts in growing Adenium:

"Soil moisture is an important consideration in Adenium culture. Their common name, Desert Rose, speaks to their ability to thrive with less water. Adeniums can tolerate higher moisture levels without harming the plant, as long as the temperatures are warm. As a general rule, be sure to let the soil dry out in between waterings and then thoroughly saturate the potting mix. Do not over-water adeniums when they are in their inactive growth phase during the winter months. If the soil is kept too moist, root disease can become a problem. During the slow growth time of year, it is best to water adeniums sparingly and err on the dry side. Once temperatures and day length have increased and new growth is visible, increase the amount of water. This will stimulate growth and flowering. Under very dry conditions, the plants can defoliate completely. Although somewhat unsightly, it does no harm and the plant will bounce back. A good rule to remember when growing adeniums is that high temperatures and full sun require more water and in cooler temperatures, the plants need less water."

It looks like you have already unpotted your Adenium. If so, then get it into the smallest pot with a drain hole that it will fit into with a small amount of very porous potting mix that dries out quickly
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