my Hibiscus leaves are splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Etobicoke, on
Question by dandt49
February 9, 2006
would this be caused by a bug infestion of some sort.....

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2006


Based on your description I am not certain what is happening to your plant. It is possible that aphids could cause deformed foliage that becomes visible as the leaves unfurl and grow, these are soft bodied sucking insects that congregate at the growing tips. They can be seen by the naked eye, and can be treated with a commercially formulated insecticidal soap per the label instructions. Also, there may be a physical reason, something like an indoor cat or dog has been battering the leaves, or there was a bit of cold damage in the fall before you brought it indoors. If none of these seem to apply, you might take a photo of the overall plant and a close-up of the damage and consult with your local professional nursery staff. I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you.

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