Sap like drop on leafs

richdelmoMarch 27, 2006

What is the tiny sap like droplet on my hibiscus located at the bottom of a many leafs, exactly where the leaf meets the stem.

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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Many plants do that (passifloras are one with more obvious droplets). It is a bit of nectar that attracts insects - often for eventual fertilization of the flowers or protection from pest insects by attracting beneficials. They are called Extrafloral nectaries. Some plants produce so much that it can drip all over the leaves! I have seen the little droplets at the base of the leaves on my plum tree.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2006 at 2:11PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Just wanted to strike the word "fertilization" in my above response and replace with "pollination". LOL

    Bookmark   April 2, 2006 at 2:13PM
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richdelmo

Thanks Jenny, is this an indication that buds are coming soon?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2006 at 10:15AM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Not necessarily. The other growing conditions need to be met, including a high amount of light, before a bloom happens. I think that since your plant is doing that, it's probably pretty happy and healthy as this is a normal function for it. I've found that it takes about 4 months for bloom after new growth gets started. Again, this assuming that the plant gets the warmth and light and amount of water it needs.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2006 at 11:05AM
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