I planted a desert rose and recently the leaves dropped and some of the stems turned brown. Has it been damaged by cold, and will it recover during the warmer weather?

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I planted a desert rose and recently the leaves dropped and some of the stems turned brown. Has it been damaged by cold, and will it recover during the warmer weather?

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The desert rose is cold sensitive. It stops flowering and drops its leaves below 50°F. Frosts and freezing temperatures cause the stems to decline as you have noted. The low temperatures experienced this winter in most Central Florida locations have caused only smaller stems to decline. Prune the brown shoots back into the remaining green portions. Dig and repot the plant and move it to a warm location. With good care, it should recover.

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