Adenium Obesum: Fertilizer Damage
A couple of weeks ago I somehow mistook my liquid houseplant fertilizer for my bottle of liquid cacti & succulent fertilizer when I decided to fertilize my Adenium Obesum plants. The next day the leafs starting showing signs of fertilizer burn and were browning at the tips.
Within a couple of days all three of the plants were defoliated and the largest of the three started showing signs of rotting. If you look at the picture above you can see that one stem has turned down about half way down from the tip, oddly enough the tip is green and I may try to root it. I'm not 100% sure this rot is a result of the rotting but it happened at the same time that I mixed up the fertilizers. On the plus side is that the a whole new set of buds broke to replace the stem that had rotted and the new leaves on the plants are a lot smaller. You can see the difference in the leaf size of the same plant from the previous entry titled Adenium Obesum Care.
The new leaves are a lot smaller and thinner and this is because the plant is growing in full sun. When I bought it they had been growing in pretty low light so the leaves were larger. I don't know if this will affect the possibility of blooms this year but I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will make sure to fertilize my plants in the future with the properly balanced fertilizer for each plant.