Top Questions About Hibiscus Plants

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Questions About Hibiscus Plants

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Anonymous on
November 17, 2010

Q. Hibiscus Bugs

The flower buds and some of the leaves of my hibiscus are covered with bugs (I guess). They look like grey and off white. How do I get rid of them?

Answered by
Heather on
November 17, 2010
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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 20, 2010

Q. Spraying Hibiscus for Bugs

We live in Cocoa Beach, FL and our hibiscus is looking bad with bugs, etc. What is the best thing to use to spray these with?

Answered by
Heather on
November 20, 2010
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I would recommend neem oil. You can learn more about it here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Anonymous on
November 24, 2010

Q. Pruning Hibiscus Plants

Can you prune hibiscus plants in pots in the fall? Leaves have all turned yellow and dropped off. New leaves are starting to appear.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 26, 2010
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It is too late this year to prune them. It is best to wait until spring. This article will help you with the pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/tips-for-pruning-hibiscus-plants-when-to-prune-hibiscus.htm

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Anonymous on
November 25, 2010

Q. Hibiscus Insect Treatment

When I bring my hibiscus in for the winter it always gets buggy. What is the best treatment for this?

Answered by
Heather on
November 25, 2010
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Try neem oil. It is safe for pets and people and "good" bugs but kills almost all pests. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Answered by
jinijose_v on
November 26, 2010
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Always try to clean up the plant. What I do is wash the plant with spray of water. Also remove existing soil, wash the roots with water and put new potting soil. you can also spray neem oil

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 26, 2010

Q. Indoor Hibiscus Care

I transplanted my hibiscus yesterday and brought it indoors. I thought the soil was wet enough for a day or two but when I saw it the next day the leaves were curled up like they needed water or were in shock. I notice the soil was somewhat dry so I watered it and sprayed the leaves. Is there anything else I can do, or did I kill it?

Answered by
Heather on
November 30, 2010
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It is in shock. They need to be acclimated when brought inside. This article will help with that for next time:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/using-pesticides-and-other-chemicals-on-your-houseplants.htm

 

It should recover just fine. These plants are prone to losing lots of leaves indoors in the winter anyway, and always come back from that. Keep it correctly watered and you should see new leaf growth.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 26, 2010

Q. Winter Care of Hibiscus in Portland

I live in OR (outside of Portland) . I need to know the proper winter care of my outdoors Hibiscus — particularly pruning and protection from winter elements.

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
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Hardy hibiscus does not need any winter protection in your area and should not need any special protection.

 

This article will help with pruning:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/tips-for-pruning-hibiscus-plants-when-to-prune-hibiscus.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 27, 2010

Q. Hibiscus Replanting for Blooms

I have several hibiscus plants around my pool that do not bloom, do you have any suggestions on how to replant or what to do with them?

Answered by
Heather on
November 30, 2010
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If they are not blooming, they are either not getting enough light or not enough phosphorus. If the plant is lush and green with no blooms, it is likely lacking phosphorus. Give the plant some bone meal to supplement it. If the plants grow slowly and seems sparse, it is likely light and they will need to be moved to a brighter location to bloom.

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