Stunted Growth on Hibiscus Bride

andrea_san_diego(z10 So Cal)June 16, 2005

This gnarly little thing just won't seem to grow. I fertilize, amend and water but it's still stunted.

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minibim(FL z10)

Wow, that is pretty pathetic looking. Have no idea what's wrong BUT, if it were mine.......... I would dig it up and put it back in a pot with nice rich potting soil. Check to see if the root ball was rootbound before it went in the ground and loosen up the root ball. Then I would trim it up to only a couple of branches with leaves to encourage new growth.

Once it renewed itself, then put it in the ground in another location. Any idea how acidic your soil actually is? - they like acid.

The other thing is, have you checked it for pests? If you don't mind pesticides, I would use some Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub on it.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2005 at 1:35PM
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andrea_san_diego(z10 So Cal)

Forgot to mention that I have dug it up to check the rootball, and the roots look good actually. It had a few snails and aphids but I took care of them and I have been giving it regular feedings of cottonseed meal, worm gold plus, and Bayer products. Maybe I just got a "lemon" istead of a hibiscus.


    Bookmark   June 16, 2005 at 2:14PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Soil in Sand Diego is typically near neutral. And although they may "like acid soil," they generally do well in SoCal.

In any event, the thing looks so puny that -- if it were mine -- I'd replace it with a healthy specimen.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 11:12PM
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