Hibiscus forum: Does your tropical hibiscus have dark green leaves? How did you do it?

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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
Aug 11, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Most of my tropical hibiscus have light green leaves. I was wondering if I could make them become dark green. How do you get the dark green leaves and keep them that way?
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Aug 11, 2018 11:13 AM CST
Good question, Eric. I've wondered about that too. Most of mine always have light to medium green leaves. They're never the very dark green. I hope someone has the answer. I've tried a number of fertilizers and that doesn't seem to make much difference in leaf color.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Aug 11, 2018 12:25 PM CST
I would consider most of mine to be a medium to light green. I'm not sure how much darker you can make them with supplements, but some things that may improve the green to some extent are nitrogen, magnesium, and iron.

Name: Marty Dougherty
Wellington, Florida
The Dougherty Garden
Nov 25, 2018 1:57 PM CST
Years ago, I was a member of the Palm Society and they would have a speaker come in every meeting. One night, this person was talking about using the Heliconia plant as a barometer for his garden. He said that he gauged the color of the Heliconia's leaf color as a means to determine how much fertilizer that he needed to add to his garden. if the Helicioniua leaves were light green that he had to add fertilizer to his garden. if the leaves were dark green, the fertilizer was sufficient. He was the paid expert. I have Heliconias planted in my garden and the leaves are sort of light green. I haven't added any fertilizer yet to prove him right or wrong. It's a budget item for me.
Been growing green for over 70 years.

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