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Anonymous added on July 1, 2014 | Answered

I have a hibiscus plant of medium height planted in a pot and it started growing leaves. After which, all its leaves had fallen but now it has lost all its leaves and is all woody. I scraped around its woody branches and saw that it is green. Please tell how to regain the beauty of my plant. I have one more question if you don’t mind. My other hibiscus plant is not flowering. How do I get some flowers out of it? And last question, how do I stop rats from eating my plants? My plants eagerly seek your help -Prabjot

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Answered on July 1, 2014

There are many things that can cause hibiscus leaf drop. This article can help you with what might have caused yours: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/answers-to-what-causes-hibiscus-leaves-turning-yellow.htm While this article is on yellow leaves, the reason for leaf drop is normally the same as what causes the leaves to turn yellow right before the leaves fall off. Most of the time, the hibiscus recovers just fine.

For the other hibiscus, if the plant looks fine, it could be due to poor pollination or too much nitrogen fertilizer. If fertilizer has too much nitrogen, it will encourage more foliage growth as opposed to flowering, which needs more phosphorus. Add some bone meal to the soil.

Since rats are also a problem for you, suggestions in this article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/eliminate-rats-in-gardens.htm

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