hibiscus problems - Knowledgebase Question

boynton beach, Fl
Question by flowmotion
August 19, 2009
i have a beautiful hybrid bush that has been blooming and green about a week ago i noticed this thick white snow looking stuff growing on and eating away at the branches help please i also am haveing trouble with newly planted hybrid yellow small trees i am watering them every day but they are sad and wilting but still some beautiful blooms they are 5 days new what am i doing wrong please, ty

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2009


That white snowy stuff might be colonies of cottony scale or mealybugs. I would prune off the affected branches to remove the insects before they really get out of hand. Both are very difficult to control once the populations grow large. So, prune off the affected branches and get them out of the garden as soon as possible.

Newly transplanted trees can suffer transplant shock. Once the roots become established they will perk up. You are watering too often. If you keep the soil too wet the roots can suffocate. Water deeply every 3-4 days and they will establish soon.

Good luck with your garden!

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