HELP SAVE MY HIBISCUS TREE
I have a hibiscus tree that I have had for about 14 years. We have it planted in a huge planter. It is brought outside in May and brought inside in September or October (depending on freeze). It is well over 7 feet tall, we have to trim it down before bringing it in the fall. Usually we have a good handle on watering over the winter, but last year was a bad year with health issues and deaths in family. Anyway, the tree didn't get the water it usually does, and when we brought it outside in May and watered it and fertilized as usual, it is not coming back. I have checked the branches and they bend not snap off, so I don't know why it isn't doing anything. Is there something I could do to kick it in gear, as I have had it for so long and it has always come back. I hate to think that this died too. Any advice would be helpful. I don't want to give up on it.
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It can take awhile for a plant to come back from drought stress/water deficit. Metabolism shuts down, roots may have died back and the plant has to recover before it can take up adequate water and nutrients and get growing again. Give it time, don't overdo chemical fertilizer which can exacerbate the problem.
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