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Wolfcall
May 8, 2018 4:28 PM CST
Hi, I bought a Desert Rose plant that had no growth on it in March. I have it in a clay pot with well draining soil. Still have no growth on it. Is this normal?
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 8, 2018 6:52 PM CST
They can be slow to break dormancy. Have patience.
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plantladylin
May 8, 2018 7:18 PM CST
I think Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) have minds of their own! Smiling

I'm in Florida and I have 4 Desert Rose plants; all sitting in my backyard on the north side of the house. They all receive the same amount of light, water, etc. and yet they all show different stages of development. One has very few leaves but has been blooming for a month now; another has leaves but no signs of buds and the other two are totally bare but just now starting to show small signs of emerging leaf growth!

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tarev
May 8, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Hello Wolfcall, yes, they do take some time to properly wake up. So just be patient, do not attempt to water till you really see new leaf growth. Same with my two desert roses this year, they are both taking their sweet time to show any activity.

Just try to keep it warm and dry. Part sun/part shade till it wakes up properly then position to more sun and start watering when you do see leaf growth. Sometimes the plant may instead grow new blooms first. Still keep it dry, blooming does not mean it is fully awake, got to be new leaf formation
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quercusnut
May 8, 2018 8:35 PM CST
I bought Adenium 'Braveheart' several years ago. Grew pretty well the first couple of years with beautiful glossy leaves. Under indoor lights. Last year it didn't leaf out at all. The growing tips just had a couple of small pale leaves. It still hasn't grown any as of now. The caudex looks nice and healthy but it just sits there with no new growth. I read somewhere they need as much sun as you can give them and I plan to try that this year and fertilize it well.
But how to explain why it did just fine under lights the first couple of years?
It's never bloomed. Fingers crossed for this year.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
May 8, 2018 8:49 PM CST
Consider the common name. DESERT rose. They need all the sun and heat they can get to thrive.
Bellingham, Wa
Wolfcall
May 8, 2018 9:39 PM CST
Thank you, all guess I will have to move it to the back of my plant shelf where I won't see it to often but it will get lots of sun. I never have grown one before was kind of excited about getting it. Little did I know it is a strange plant. 🤣
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tarev
May 9, 2018 9:36 AM CST
Just enjoy the caudex for now, even if it is bare. I treat mine like a living sculpture that is waiting to wake up. Big Grin
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 9, 2018 9:59 AM CST
I agree
tarev said:Just enjoy the caudex for now, even if it is bare. I treat mine like a living sculpture that is waiting to wake up. Big Grin


I agree I tip my hat to you.

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