Question about transplanting

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

I bought a Desert Rose tonight at my local Lowe's. It's in a 3 gallon pot and is just labeled "White Desert Rose". I took it out of the (very soggy) soil to clean it up and get it in more suitable soil. I have a good mix that I use, so I'm not too worried about that.

My question is this: Should I let the caudex and roots dry out before I transplant it? I cut some of the roots off that looked grey and squishy. I figured these were waterlogged and would die anyway.

The picture is of the soil line in the pot it came in. I am going to try to expose more of the roots when I repot it.

Can anyone answer this question? Thanks, Jennifer

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Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Also, ALL Of the small "feeder roots" were damaged and I cut these away. There are still some roots, but not the small ones. Will this plant be OK? I can't believe Lowe's had this outside in Louisiana at this time of year! It's going to freeze tonight!

Carolina, PR(Zone 11)

Hi Jennifer, if you cut any root off do to roting or any reason I recommend you leave it dry out for tow days before reporting it, this way wound can dry and seal them self and avoid further chances of rotting. most likely some or all leaves may drop off but don't worry, that's normal until plant adjust to new soil a conditions its in now. once you have replanted it, fertilize it and don't water it again until it needs it, soil should be moist but more to the dryer side. Hope this help you.

Your Friend Wilfred

PS. if you happen to have SUPERthrive, mix one table spoon to a gallon of water adding the fertilizer to it and water the entire plant with it very well.

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Thanks Wilfred. I do have some Superthrive and will do that today.

Do you think I should use some root stimulator on the roots that are left?

Thanks again, Jennifer

Carolina, PR(Zone 11)

Just the SUPERthrive with the fertilizer will do the trick for you as long as you water the whole plants and soil it's planted in Jennifer.

Your Friend Wilfred

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Wilfred, one more question: How much Superthrive should I use in a 24 ounce spray bottle?

Carolina, PR(Zone 11)

I usually use a table spoon in one gallon of water the first time, and than half the douse from there on every two month, but I have quite a few plants so nothing is ever left over, once you mix it you have to use it, you can't save whats left over. So you might consider making 1/2 table spoon in half a gallon of water the first time and 1/4 table spoon to a gallon of water from there on.

Your Friend Wilfred

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Thanks :)

Hammond, LA(Zone 8b)

Just wanted to update:

I left the Adenium out for 2-3 days before repotting it. All of the roots looked stiff and rot free. When I repotted it, I did a soil drench as Wilfred recommended with the Superthrive.

In the next few weeks, the plant lost all but about 4 leaves on each branch. About 2 weeks ago, a bud began to form, and looks like it will be blooming any day. I am assuming that the plant likes it's conditions if it is blooming?

I still have not watered again, but it looks happy.

I know, I'm a bad plant mom since I didn't post any pictures, but I will soon. ;-)

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

Blooming can be a signal of good or bad, and this time of year, it's tough to tell the difference with Adenium in zones that push the limit

A plant will produce blooms as a signal of good health and prosperity, but will also produce blooms as a form of self preservation. This is especially true in plants like Bromeliads. An over abundance of flowers is a sure sign of parent plant deterioration.

If your caudex is still firm and has a healthy color, you're fine. Just keep an eye on watering habits, and as soon as this crazy weather ends, get it out in full direct sun, for as many hours as you can find. Once the heat hits, regular watering can take place, and the plant will benefit tremendously. For 8b, I'd say end of April to first of May, but who knows with this crazy weather.

Good luck.


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