Hibiscus leaves - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rakowskicla
May 21, 2010
I have a Hibiscus plant that I over wintered indoors and now some of the leaves a kind've yellow? It has flower buds but what does it need to green up the leaves?


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Answer from NGA
May 21, 2010

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As an evergreen, tropical hibiscus retains its leaves for 2-3 years. But as the oldest leaves age, those towards the inside and lower down on the plant, they are shed in preparation for new leaf growth. If the yellowing leaves are scattered throughout the plant, it's a normal and natural shedding process. If the newer leaves are yellow, it indicates a need for fertilizer or that the soil is too wet. Watering less frequently and/or feeding with a half strength dilution of a water soluable fertilzer should help those leaves green up again. Best wishes with your hibiscus.

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