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  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Part 2: Also, it is not unusual to? have some branch tip die-back during the winter dormancy. Trim them back to green wood in the spring. Good luck!

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Part 1: According to Tom soft branches can be a sign of either lack of water (address with a light watering once a month until it warms up) or it can be a sign of rotting (usually the skin of the plant splits if you press it). Either way, a little water won’t make it any worse, since if it is rot it can’t be reversed. If just the branches are soft but the main trunk is still firm, it may just be? lack of water.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    We’re checking? with Tom and will let you know what he thinks.

  • Jennifer Weber 7 years ago

    I live in Utah, zone 6. I have a desert rose that was thriving until I brought it inside for the winter when the temperatures started dipping below 40. My son pulled all the leaves off. There weren’t any flowers yet. The branches are squishy, which I assumed meant it wasn’t getting enough water. But now there are fungus gnats? all over it. Does this mean it’s dead? Please help. I plan on taking it outside again when the temps are consistently over 40 at night.

  • funnyfarm2000 7 years ago

    I have used liquid Miracle Grow and then Osmocoat as a time? release fertilizer.

  • funnyfarm2000 7 years ago

    I have a Beautiful Desert Rose In the GROUND against the house facing east. It always gets enough water but at the base of this plant there was a split and when i went in to touch it, half? of the plant had rotted (almost like it had been watered too much, although I know that didn’t happen) I live in the SW. Fl. (Cape Coral to be? exact) so I thought it would winter fine in the ground. Is it possible that it does not receive enough light? Fert/Miracle? Grow, Would love to hear your thoughts.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Hi Denise – check our gardening resources page on? our website or try calling our Desert Plant Hotline at 480 481.8120 Monday – Friday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Or, email your questions to planthotline@dbg.org. Good luck!

  • Denise Garcia 7 years ago

    hi i was just wondering when is? the best time to plant a desert rose. starting from seed..

  • MELISSA84008 7 years ago

    ..my new adenium is doing? the same thing here in South Florida. I? thought it was getting too much sun and not enough water but now i’m going to assume it’s going dormant. We’ll find out in the Spring . Good luck 🙂

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Tom had the following response: “I”m not familiar with north central Florida weather but yellow leaves in the fall in Arizona when it gets into the 50’s at night indicates dormancy and time to stop watering and protect from? frost until march when new leaves will appear. Tom” Hope that? helps!

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Hi – we are checking with Tom and will get back to you. In the meantime, try checking our website, there is a? Caring for Adeniums guide posted that might help: dbg.org/gardening-horticulture/gardening-resources

  • TheVideojoe2753 7 years ago

    Tom-I just noticed mine is turning yellow-any help? It’s beautiful and I don’t? want it to die. I has been raining so it’ gotten watered and in the sun, but I haven’t fertilized it in a while. Please help, I don’t want it to die. I live in north central florida.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Good luck! Hope it comes through? the winter ok.

  • rasberri8 7 years ago

    I did bring it inside before I saw your info, and it’s by a west window filtered by miniblinds and curtains. So far so good. The leaves turn toward the light, and I turn the plant every few days.
    I’m just anxious about this coming winter, and hope I don’t underwater/overwater it.
    I’ve never had this plant before. It didn’t have flowers on it when I bought it.
    I don’t know if the leaves will fall off or not, it hasn’t yet.
    Thanks for the tip about little water once a month. ?

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Part 2: Depending upon the variety of adenium you have, it may retain some foliage and flowers into the winter, especially if you can keep it near a warm, sunny window. If so, you can give it a (very) little water once a month. Other varieties will lose their leaves completely. I would keep defoliating and defoliated specimens dry until it warms up in the spring, then start watering gradually.

    Hope that helps!? Good luck.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    According to our volunteers who have a lot of experience with adeniums:
    Part 1: take them in? when temps start being consistently 50 (some say 55).Start cutting back on watering now and stop completely once nights fall below 50 degrees. An unheated shed in Michigan in the winter would be too cold for a tropical adenium, so it is recommend that you bring your adenium indoors to a heated house in the early fall, before it is subject to wet and cold weather.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Hello! We are checking? with Tom and will let you know.

  • rasberri8 7 years ago

    I live in lower SE Michigan. I have a shed in the backyard. Would our Michigan winters be too cold to keep it there in the winter?
    Can it survive in the house? in wintertime?
    I know to cut back on the water. When/how much water in winter, please.

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    You’re welcome!? Good Luck. Hope that change in soil helps.

  • alex84csb 7 years ago

    ok i try to change the soil n see how …. thank you? DBGvision …

  • DBGVision 7 years ago

    Sounds like you might need to re-pot in pure pumice. If you have additional questions, contact our plant hotline at 480 481.8120 Monday – Friday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Or, email your questions to planthotline@dbg.org. We also have a Garden Resources page on our website with more information about? caring for adeniums.

  • alex84csb 7 years ago

    4got tell u i buy this adenium abt a week..buy tht time is pretty?