Over watering Kills HousePlants!

Hi Judy,

I bought this plant and the lady said it would be good under house lights. I water it when the soil becomes dry about 3 -4 times a week. It has lost about 7 leaves since I bought it a few weeks ago. What type of plant is it and what is the best care?
Thank You!

Hi,

You plant is a type of Caudiciform called  a Desert Rose Plant.587px-Desert_Rose

You are losing leaves because you are over watering the plant. The fat bulbous trunk of a Desert Rose Plant stores water so be sure the soil totally dries out before watering this plant. If the soil of a Desert Rose Plant gets excessively dry, the plant becomes dormant until you give it some water and wake it up. A Desert Rose Plant usually needs water every two weeks, NEVER 3 or 4 times a week. If you don’t stop over watering, the plant will quickly die.

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