Hibiscus forum: Did I Murder Hollyanna, my new Hibiscus Tree?

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ChelleKristine
May 7, 2020 1:29 PM CST
Greetings, Green Thumbs!

The first photo I've included, from Tuesday, shows you my glorious new hibiscus tree, affectionately named Hollyanna; the second photo, from Thursday, shows her again, nearly dead. So, you'd like to know what on earth happened in the interim? On Tuesday night, I inadvertently watered the tree with what was clearly an excessive concentration of Miracle Grow All-Purpose Plant Food. By the following morning, my stunning girl looked like a crime scene.

My query for you guys:
Can ANYTHING be done to save this plant? I had not yet potted her, and I've not watered her since the mishap occurred; I have no idea what to do.

The hibiscus was a special gift that I received last week from my mom. Believe it or not, I immediately researched how to properly care for her, and I took care to deadhead all of her spent blooms. The plant rewarded my efforts with a massive explosion of the most exquisite blooms, which was the reason I took the photo on Tuesday. I texted it to my mom so she could see how spectacular my girl looked.

If anyone can advise me on how to save this plant, I'd be just INCREDIBLY grateful. On the other hand, if my mistake was truly a fatal one, I'd like to know that, too.

My sincerest gratitude,
Michelle
(Miss Blackest-Black Thumb)


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Littleblessings3
May 20, 2020 3:57 PM CST
Michelle
If you gave her too much food, I would take her outside and water her good, she might lose more leaves but they are pretty hardy. Keep her moist after but not soaking wet. Good luck
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plantladylin
May 24, 2020 10:38 AM CST
I've never grown Tropical Hibiscuses (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) as an indoor plant but your plant doesn't look too far gone and should survive. I agree, you should take it outside to a shady location and use a garden hose to thoroughly flush the soil with water, which will remove the over abundance of fertilizer.

Tropical Hibiscus are grown as landscape plants here in Florida, in full sun to part shade. As a container plant indoors, it should be grown in a pot with sufficient drainage and kept in a location near a window where it can receive bright light. When watering, pour water on top of the soil until it exits the drainage holes, empty any excess water from the tray and wait to water again until the top two to three inches of soil feels dry to touch when you stick a finger down into the soil. Unlike plants growing outside in the ground, indoor container plants do not need to be fertilized very often.

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