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Asked by quadratic on April 11, 2013
Plant Seems to Be Dying

My devil’s backbone plant was nice and green but suddenly its leaves are drying and falling off. What could be wrong?

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AnnsGreeneHaus

Pedilanthus, like most thin leaved succulents, shed their leaves when stressed. This is the plants way of protecting itself. It is usually noticed after the plant is allowed to be too dry for too long. If this is the case, give it a 4-6 hour soak and keep it watered a little more often.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 4, 2015
Devil’s Backbone

I have what I believe is called Devil’s Backbone. I wanted it to be used a hedge, but after it bloomed. its tall red bell-shaped flowers died to nothing. It’s growing all over again. Does this happen every year? I want it to stay with its green leaves all year long. Thanks for your help.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Depending on the particular species, these plants can be either evergreen or deciduous. Additionally, they are normally grown as houseplants unless you live in a tropical or semi-tropical location - or within USDA zones 9-11. The region in which it's grown outdoors could have an effect on its overall growing behavior too, so as far as it growing as an evergreen hedge year round, they type you have may not be suitable. The variegated type, Pedilanthus tithymaloides'Variegatus', might be a better choice for this.

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Asked by Tama on April 26, 2016
Devil’s Backbone

Can I place my potted devil’s backbone outside in a shaded area?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can place the plant outdoors but do not expose it to temperatures 50 degrees or colder.
A bright but indirect sun location is best.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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Asked by Makayla77 on May 30, 2016
Devils Backbone Plant

I am new to the devils backbone. I’ve watered it once and the tips of the plant are turning white. Did I over water?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Do you have a Variegated Leafed Devil's Backbone?

The white on the leaves may just be the natural coloration of the leaves.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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Asked by pegcorcoran12@gmail.com on July 23, 2016
Devil’s Backbone

Is the plant poisonous to cats?

Thanks.
Peg

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The ASPCA lists Devil's Backbone poisonous to cats and dogs.

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Asked by Doris.melton5606 on October 10, 2016
Devil’s Backbone

Why are the leaves wilting? It’s not from lack of watering. It was looking great and then wilting leaves.

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Andiegirl75 on July 10, 2017
Devil’s Backbone Plant

I’ve had my plant for over 2 years now and it’s been steadily growing. I water it once in week and keep in a window where it gets sunlight during the day. However, in the last week or so all the little leaves on the stems have fallen off. Is this normal? Will they grow back? Or is it dead? Thank you!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Leaf drop may be a sign of issues; watering issues, too much or too little sun or even a cool draft.
This link will refresh you on the care requirements.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/devils-backbone/devils-backbone-plant.htm

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