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May 29, 2017 1:42 PM CST
Help! My hibiscus tree did great last summer, through the winter I kept it indoors but with plenty of light. I slowly moved the tree outside since summer is approaching. It has not been exposed to cold temperatures or frost. Half of the plant has no leaves. The leaves on the other half started to turn white and now their eyes a brownish color. New leaf buds are appearing but I'm not sure if I can save the other half or how. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 29, 2017 6:11 PM CST
They need chilling and dormancy period. Depending where you live. Outside or in garage. Let us know where you live, etc. Fill out your profile. Please ! Or were just guessing.
If dead looking stuff, isnt green, under bark, cut it off, and start shaping tree, to how you want.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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May 29, 2017 6:28 PM CST
I disagree with Philip on the subject of chilling. They are tropicals that never go dormant in warm climates, but may in climates that get frost. That's why we need locations to answer the questions..
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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May 29, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Hi Autumn0829, Welcome!

Do you know what type of Hibiscus you have? The leaves remind me of Tropical Hibiscuses (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) which do not require chilling or dormancy. Cold temperatures will kill the tropical types.

I'd gently prune back those bare branches to see if there is any viable/live wood. The leaves with the pale, crispy edges may be due to dry air or possibly sunburn if you immediately moved it outside to direct sun. I'd move it to a bright but shady location, out of any direct sunlight and wait to see if it recovers. If it's a tropical hibiscus, they require high humidity which can be obtained by sitting the pot on a tray of moist pebbles; adding water as it evaporates. You can also mist-spray the foliage once in awhile too.
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