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nashgirl
Feb 24, 2018 10:54 AM CST
How to help my desert rose.
Don't have a clue.
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tarev
Feb 24, 2018 10:59 AM CST
Hello nashgirl, if you can upload a photo so we can all see how it looks like, and give us a brief description how long you have the plant, and what care you have given it so far like light position, watering, was it repotted recently or not etc.
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nashgirl
Feb 24, 2018 11:50 AM CST
Hi,
Not able to do photo.
Have 4 plants . They are in full sun all day, hardly ever water depend on rain.
How often should I water?
Repotted a year ago.
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tarev
Feb 24, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Hello nashgirl, depending on your ambient temperature conditions, typically desert rose goes on dormant mode in winter, where it may lose all its leaves or may retain its leaves but still dormant. When it is dormant, no watering is done, just wait patiently for new leaf growth to appear to show it is awake from its winter slumber. It has moisture stored in its caudex and will help it get through the dry period.

So typically try to keep it as warm as it can, keep it dry if temps are going below 50F. In my area, I usually keep it indoors when our temps go below 50F since our winter conditions here is cold and wet at the most, which it does not like.

Florida has better warmth and humidity conditions than my area, so just observe very well your temperatures, in case you get sudden frost advisories, protect it from the temperature fluctuation.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 24, 2018 4:36 PM CST
That is good advice. Yes, knowing your climate zone (or winter minimum temperature) would affect the care. You can look at it as a continuum between two extremes: summer (leafy time, lots of water) and winter (most or all of the leaves lost, less water). Too much water during the rest period and things can go south. You can watch the plant and judge by how leafy it is. Water less in late fall/winter, when the plant decides to rest. Lots of sun is great year round.

In our mild climate (45°F minimum, zone 11) I leave my Adenium outside in full sun year round because it never loses all its leaves, but I do water half as often in winter when the plant seems to be resting. That rest period will soon be coming to an end but I think it's wise not to jump the gun. Smiling
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ScotTi
Feb 24, 2018 4:59 PM CST
Great advise tarev. I keep my potted plant in the pool cage area in full sun and water in the growing season only when dry. My plant was still flowering in Dec but the colder outside temps of January but it in a dormant mode. I noticed earlier this week it has awaken with new growth.
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nashgirl
Feb 25, 2018 7:17 AM CST
Thank you all who took time to advise me.
I now know that my plants are dormant .

Thanks again.

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