The Q&A Archives: What's wrong with my Hibiscus?

Question: I have a hibiscus that wintered in my house in a south facing window. It bloomed all winter. When the warm weather came I moved it out on to my patio. It was doing ok but not getting any blossoms on it so I moved it into a sunnier spot. We have had a lot of rain so I haven't had to water it much. Yesterday I watered it with my garden hose and when I got up this morning about 85% of the leaves had turned yellow. What's wrong and how can I fix it?

Answer: Based on your description I think it may have been overwatered. Make sure the drainage hole in the bottom of the container is not blocked, and empty the saucer under the pot (if there is one) after watering and after rain storms. In addition, to compensate for the leaching action of all the rain you have had, you may need to fertilize it. Finally, check to make sure there are no insects such as scale or whitefly on the undersides of the foliage. I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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