The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus

Question: My Hibiscus houseplant is losing leaves and, except for the new growth at the end of the stems, most of the leaves are gone. I don't know what the problem is(except I may have overwatered) and I'm wondering if it's worth keeping the plant to try to restore it back to a healthy condition. (There appears to be no disease on the plant). Thank you.

Answer: Tropical hibiscus can be cut down quite severely without harm. Just remember that wherever you cut a stem, one or two new stems will emerge. You can cut about one-third of the growth down without stressing the plants. Your hibiscus will appreciate being outdoors in the spring and summer and then taken back indoors in the fall. I'd prune the plant back now and then take it outdoors when the weather warms. When taking your plant outdoors, or bringing your plants back indoors, do it in stages so they can adapt without stress. I bring my plants indoors at night and take them back outdoors during the day, leaving them in for longer and longer periods of time. Within 7-10 days the plants are acclimated and ready to spend 24 hours indoors. Hope this information helps!

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