The Q&A Archives: Blue Hibiscus Standard in Container - Help!

Question: I've had a blue hibiscus standard in a 16'' pot from Monrovia for two years. It blooms fine but the bottom-most branches have no leaves and the bottom 3 inches or so of leafed-out and flowering branches have no leaves. It also gets yellow leaves easily amongst the healthy green leaves (no bugs). I've noticed that this plant at local nurseries has the yellow-leaf problem as well. It's blooming now. What's the best watering and feeding schedule. What kind of fertilizer is best? What can I do about the bottom branches, etc.? It's a beautiful plant, but I feel I'm doing something not quite right for it. Thanks!

Answer: I think you're doing everything right to keep your plant healthy. Most plants shed their oldest leaves in favor of developing healthy new leaves. If the oldest leaves, those on the lowest part of the stem, are yellowing, it's probably a natural occurance. Once the leaves are shed, new leaves should take their places. If they don't, you can pinch off the tips of the stems and that will force new growth lower down on the stems. Enjoy your beautiful plant!

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