The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus Loses Leaves

Question: Every year that I bring in my hibiscus tree, the leaves fall off. What do I need to do to keep it healthy while in the house? My only light is from the North.

Answer: There are several resons this might happen. The most common is actually shock when the plants are abruptly moved indoors, so be sure to move it gradually. However, these plants prefer a good bright light. Since your light is weak, you might consider using some supplemental light for your plant. You might also check to make sure that the plant is neither too dry nor too wet, that the plant is not in a draft from a door or heat vent, and that there are no pests attacking the foliage. Finally, you should also do what you can to increase the humidity around the plant, either by running a humidifier or by setting it on a pebble and water tray. I hope this helps!

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