About ready to give up
I bought my first Adenium at Lowes a few years ago. It lost all of its leaves, but flowered for a long period. I acquired a few more since then. I live in the high desert so I face all kinds of problems regarding these plants.
My major problem is that none of them will hold their leaves for any length of time. A few weeks ago the biggest one was growing perfectly then the leaves dried out and fell off. It was in an eastern window getting a lot of light, but then the big tree outside leafed out so maybe it wasn't getting enough sun. I have moved it so it gets more light.
I can't seem to find the ideal place for them. I had them outside last year and not a single leaf grew on any of them. I think it gets too cold at night. I moved them into my sunroom and they started growing leaves, but now I can't keep up with the mealy bugs so when they get leaves they still fall off. If I can't get a handle on the mealy bugs I think I'm going to give up.
Also, what is the best commercial insecticide to use on DRs? Are the Bayer products okay? Are they sensitive to any type of chemical?
I have to repot so I will go back and find the best mix in posted in the cactus forum. I was just using a cactus mix (from a gardening center) with extra pumice.
Mostly just venting. I'm glad this forum was created.