Hibiscus problems - Knowledgebase Question

Allen, Te
Question by accessentrys
April 19, 2010
I have 2 Hibiscus plants in containers, which get 6 hours of sun a day. I keep them moist. Some of the leaves turn yellow and it often drops buds. What is the problem?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2010


It's normal for broadleaf evergreen such as hibiscus to shed their oldest leaves during the growing season. If the yellowing leaves are scattered throughout the plant it's part of the natural process. However, if the new leaves are also yellowing, it indicates overwatering. Some plants produce more flower buds than they are able to develop into flowers so the bud drop can be a natural process - or it can indicate a root stress from overwatering. As long as your hibiscus plants are putting out healthy new growth and are opening most of the flower buds they produce, they are probably fine.

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