I have a hibiscus in a 1' sq. plastic pot in 10" of soil with plenty of daylight. It has been blooming steadily for over a month but the blossoms do not last longer than 2 days. There is a scale on the blossom base befoe it blooms. I water 2x a week or more, as the soil is hard and the room warm. What should I do?
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Hibiscus blooms never last long, so this is normal. But if you are seeing a pest at the base of the flowers, this could indicate something is shortening their already short blooms. It is likely either thrips, scale or aphids. Here is more information on how to deal with these pests: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm