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rena87
Feb 19, 2018 1:12 AM CST
I watered my hibiscus plant and then a few days later the leaves started to droop. I thought I overwatered it but the soil felt dry. So I gave it more water and now the leaves have curled up and are dry and falling off. Could anyone please tell me what I did wrong and how to save it. Thanks in advance.
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Zencat
Feb 19, 2018 7:40 AM CST
Can you tell us a few more things? Is it new? In the ground or a pot? Is it in sun? Pictures?
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stone
Feb 19, 2018 9:03 AM CST
And... If a tropical type, did it get frosted?
Did you just purchase?
Sounds like it got over-sprayed with roundup.
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rena87
Feb 19, 2018 12:15 PM CST
The plant is in a pot next to a window. I open the shade everyday so the plant can get sun. I was given this plant a few months ago from someone who couldn't keep it. So I'm not sure how old it is.
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rena87
Feb 19, 2018 12:22 PM CST
The plant has been inside since I got it so I don't think it got frosted. The weather here did start getting warmer around the time when this started to happen. So maybe that affected it. I've had it for a couple of months, but it was given to me by someone. I'm not sure how long she had it before she gave it to me.
Name: stone
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stone
Feb 19, 2018 12:25 PM CST
That looks bad.
I'd set the entire thing outside under a tree as long as the temps stay above 40.
Leave be and see if it recovers. Looks dead, though.

Alternatively.... I have cooked plants in a south facing window... Usually had inside a plastic tent for that to happen.

If plant over-heated, roots might be alive... You might see new growth.... Just don't clip anything.... Unless you want to finish it off.
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plantmanager
Feb 19, 2018 12:31 PM CST
I don't know what happened, but it does look bad. I would start to prune it back from the top. I'd prune off all dead wood. If you come to green wood inside, stop pruning. Time will tell if it can survive.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Feb 19, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Was it full and bushy when you got it? It does look bad but please check for green.
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rena87
Feb 19, 2018 8:49 PM CST
It wasn't full and bushy when I got it. It had some leaves but it wasn't full. My cat has attacked it a couple of times but even after that it was growing new leaves and some of the branches were green at the tops. Then after I watered it a few days ago it all started going down hill. This picture is what it looked like when I got it.
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fwmosher
Feb 20, 2018 11:26 AM CST
I think it is the Fall-Easter non-hardy potted Hydrangea, and It has probably outlived it's short longevity. Just saying!
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WillC
Feb 20, 2018 6:18 PM CST
It looks like your Hibiscus was in poor shape BEFORE you got it. Your recent watering is just coincidental and not related to its loss of leaves.

Indoors, Hibiscus needs maximum direct sunlight. As Karen suggested, prune all the stems way back to a height of just a few inches. Improve the light and water it only when the top half -inch of soil is dry. Keep the cat away from it! That's all you can do. If the roots are still healthy, you should see new leaves emerge just above where you make the pruning cuts.
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