Hardy Hibiscus buds getting eaten

retroglamorJuly 12, 2007

Help! I was so excited that my hardy hibiscus came back with TWO big stalks this year and tons of buds. But I just came from admiring the soon-to-open buds and found that something has been eating them before they can open! It looks like something took a big chunk out of the flowr part, ripping open the bud. I don't see ANY insects or evidence of insects. Would a bird do that? We have lots of birds around here, but never had a problem with them eating hibiscus buds. ANy idea what that could be? ANd how to stop it before they eat all of them? I will cry if they don't bloom this year.

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birdsnblooms

Hi Ret...Could it be a bunny or squirrel? The squrriels been doing a job on my plants, or were before cicadas took over..Usally insects leave little holes in leaves/flowers.
There's a spray called Red Pepper/Cayenne, that's suppposed to keep wildlife away..I think MI Bulb sells it, at least that's where I got mine 2 yrs ago. Good luck..Toni

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 2:01PM
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tracyvine(6 NE Ohio)

Check for japanese beetles. I have been fighting them off with soapy water sprayed on the whole plants. They do not seem to like the taste. Give it a shot.
Tracy

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 7:59PM
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sadieb_century21_com

ME TOO!!! So if it's japanese beetles will the leaves look bad also? Seriously it's only the very tips of the plant where the buds are...it's just too sad cuz the blooms are sooooo pretty!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 10:24PM
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30YCNAN

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 YEARS MY RED HIBISCUS WHICH IS PUT OUTSIDE EACH SPRING IS BEING ATTACKED BY I'M SURE NOT INSECTS BECAUSE THE BUDS ARE BEING CHISELED OUT AND PIECES FALL TO THE GROUND. THE BUDS ARE HIGH AND ON LOW BRANCHES. ONE FULLY OPENED FLOWER WAS RIPPED HALF IN SHREDS. THESE BUDS AND FLOWERS ARE NOT BEING EATEN.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:08AM
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wally_1936(8b)

I know grasshoppers sure love the buds but mine seem to love to just stay there and wait for the next bud to start to form. Sounds like you need to contact your local extension agent for more information in your area.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 4:42PM
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