Hibiscus forum: H. rosa-sinensis suppose to have really glossy leaves?

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jun 3, 2014 5:34 PM CST
I started using the Carl Pool Hibiscus Food on all of my tropical hibiscus. Within a few weeks I started noticing that the leaves were becoming extremely glossy, like they've been waxed. In all my years of growing them I have never seen this before. The plants look exceedingly healthy, happy and putting on buds like crazy. It got me to thinking though, am I burning them out? Is the super gloss a waste product deposited on the leaves? Could I be over feeding them? Since the label said good for all hibiscus I tried some on my H. acetosella and the leaves have gone super glossy on that one as well.

Does anyone else use this food?

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SongofJoy
Jun 14, 2014 7:37 AM CST
No, but I'm certainly going to try it now. Your plants look spectacular! Hurray!
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Jun 14, 2014 7:52 AM CST
Thanks! They do look awesome .. I've never seen them so healthy looking!

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Even Cherry Appaloosa looks healthy and happy with lots of buds - in the past I was lucky if it popped out 2 flowers the whole season.

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I'm definitely going to getting more of this hib food.

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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