Deformed Hibiscus Leaves & Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Warwick, RI
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Question by dianmes
August 23, 2000
I have had a hardy hibiscus plant for over 5 years and it has bloomed beautifully every year until summer 2000. The plant ususally grows 5-6 feet tall with large dinner size plate flowers. However, this year the plant only grew 3-4 feet tall; the leaves seemed to be very brittle and curled up. The plant did flower, except the flowers are only 5 to 6-inches across and the petals are very deformed, almost spidery-like in its shape.

Any suggestions on what may be wrong?

Answer from NGA
August 23, 2000
Your plant may be stunted because of winter or spring weather extremes, too little water, too much fertilizer, or insect attacks. If the color is good we can rule out a virus, but not a fungal or bacterial infection. It's really difficult to diagnose the problem without seeing it. You might want to take a sample of your hibiscus to the Cooperative Extension office in Kingston. Phone (401) 874-4272. The staff there can diagnose the problem and offer treatment recommendations.

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