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Rotten Desert Rose/how to root desert rose cuttings

13 years ago

My desert rose has been dormant since it went outside in October. It was doing fine until I just checked it to find out that the base was all wrinkled. it wasnt long before I found out that the base was mushy and completely rotten. I dont know what I did wrong. I didnt water it once since late October because I heard that water will kill it when it is dormant. It is in a room where the coldest temperature was 50F and usually the temperature is in the mid 60s to low 70s. It doesnt get too much sun, but it does get some right as the sun is setting.

Any ideas on what I did wrong? I managed to find some live branches above the base that I hope I can get to root. (the branches are at the most 5 inches long so they arent very large). Do I root them in water or just stick them in some soil and leave them alone until they leaf out (like you would do with Plumerias). Should I apply rooting powder. I left some rooting powder outside this winter. Does cold temperatures effect how it works?

Thanks for any advice!


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