So you've got your desert rose babies curling their tiny greenish-white bodies out of the shells. The fun, and challenges, don't stop there. How do we go from here to take care of a desert rose seedling?

We've made some mistakes and lost some beautiful babies along the way. Let us share them with you so you can enrich your gardening knowledge. Keep reading on.

Overheating Adenium Seedlings

Scorching sun can 'steam' your seedlings, especially if they are less than 10 days old. You can recognize this by looking at their body color, like this one right here:

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Overheated desert rose seedlings

This is a sign their body color has been transformed by the heat. When you have a sniff around the container, you will notice a strong smell of cooked veggies. You can also feel the hot steam coming out of the pot.

We placed these seedlings under full sun for about 2 hours. It was not the best idea as you can see. This can also cause root rot and death of the plants. The seedlings passed away.

Moral of the story is no direct sunlight for very young seedlings. A bright window with indirect sunlight would probably work. We can then gradually take our babies out for more sunlight.

Over-watering Adenium Seedlings

Be very careful about the amount of water you give your seedlings. When first starting out, we water the plants almost every day. And, in the early afternoon when temperatures were high.

Here were the results:

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Over-watered seedlings

The plants were fat and growing well. However, the medium soon started to become a 'soup' and not a well-draining medium anymore. This led to root rot and eventually the leaves started to yellow and fall off.

Before you water the plants, check the soil condition. We use a very small fork or toothpick to see how dry/wet the soil is.

If you're growing desert roses on sand, you can check the color of the sand. If it's too light, then it's dry. If it's darker, then it's wet. If the sand grains are loose, then the medium is dry.

Try picking the pot up to feel the weight. If the soil is dry and the pot feels lightweight, you can mist the seedlings then.

A good time to water your plants is in the morning. We notice that the plants tend to evaporate a lot in the morning hours. So, misting at this time compensate for their moisture loss.

If you want an estimate on how much water your mister is giving out, try spraying a few times on a napkin to see. We used to spray 20 mists, but now we have reduced it to 6 sprays depending on the condition of each plant.

But what if your seedlings have already been over-watered? Here, let's rescue them right now:

Rescuing An Over-watered Desert Rose Seedling

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The underside of damaged adenium leaves

Here's how we tried to save one of the seedlings in the garden:

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Moisture suckers to the rescue

We dig four holes using a Q-tip. Then, we insert the cotton in to suck up the water. You can also use a napkin. Roll it up and put it in the holes. Wait for some 10 minutes.

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