Hibiscus Plants

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  1. Lighting for Indoor Hibiscus
  2. Colors of Hibiscus
  3. How Big Hibiscus
  4. Cure for ‘Leaf Spot’
  5. Trimming Hibiscus Bushes
  6. Winter Care for Hibiscus
  7. White Bugs on Hibiscus
Asked by Anonymous on November 4, 2010
Lighting for Indoor Hibiscus

What is the best lighting for an indoor hibiscus plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Indoor hibiscus need high light. A south-facing window is best and this can be supplemented by a fluorescent bulb placed 3 feet or less away from the plant.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 5, 2010
Colors of Hibiscus

Are there different colors you can choose from for a Hibiscus Bush?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, hibiscus, both tropical and hardy, come in several colors. They tend to be warmer colors, like shades of reds, yellows and oranges as well as white.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 5, 2010
How Big Hibiscus

How big does a Hibiscus bush get?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It depends on the variety, but most, in the correct environment, can get to 6-8 feet.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 5, 2010
Cure For ‘Leaf Spot’

Small brown/yellow spots on edge or tip of leaves (house plant- anthurium ) becoming larger and eroding into the leaf, leaving dry papery brown areas.

Help – not lack of water or overwatering !!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like fungal leaf spot. If possible, trim away the infected leaves and make sure the leaves stay dry. Normally this issue will clear up on its own if you do this. I would keep it away from other plants, however, as it can spread.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 6, 2010
Trimming Hibiscus Bushes

I trimmed two hibiscus bushes last spring (we live in southern Iowa, and I think it was probably late May) and neither of them has bloomed since then. Is there anything I can do so that they will bloom again? Any idea what I might have done wrong?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You may have pruned a bit too late in the season and trimmed off the developing flower buds. In the future, do not prune after the beginning of May. If you follow this, they will bloom fine next year.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 9, 2010
Winter Care for Hibiscus

I am from West Michigan and I bought this hibiscus tree (approximately 1. 5 feet tall) on clearance the end of this summer. I’m not positive what kind, but tropical for sure. I’ve tried to research exactly what we should do with it over winter, and I haven’t come across definitive answers. Please help!

This is my first year as a homeowner and gardener. We sort of got way ahead of ourselves and didn’t realize all these plants have such ‘requirements’, but even with clearance sales, we still spent tons of money and don’t want them to die by next summer. Any help would be appreciated.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will help you with keeping it over the winter: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/wintering-hibiscus-indoors-winter-care-for-hibiscus.htm

It is rather easy. My mother in law keeps hers every winter and it looks gorgeous all summer long.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 15, 2010
White Bugs on Hibiscus

This past week my hibiscus has gotten little white bugs on it and I need to know how to get rid of them before they kill my tree.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

That sounds like it is either spider mites or mealy bugs. Fortunately, both are treated the same was with various kinds of pesticides. I prefer neem oil myself, as it is very effective, organic and safe for pets and people.

 

These articles will be helpful:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/spider-mite-treatment.htm

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