Lime green leaves and small flowers
I have several hardy hibiscus around the yard and only one seemed to have trouble this year. It's Hibiscus Helene Althaea. It's leaves were lime green instead of the usual dark green, and it had less flowers that were smaller than usual.
There were only two differences this year from any other. 1. More sun in the heat of the afternoon, and 2. This was the only hibiscus that was mulched with Soil Pep. Everything else around it mulched with that did well. Lime green leaves, is that a nutrient deficiency?
Do you think it will come back more like its usual self next year? Or if it comes back next year with lime green leaves, what should I do for it? I have sandy alkaline soil, and this hibiscus grows leaves on the wood that was there last year. Should I be cutting it down every year in spring? Last year it was a beauty so I'd like that look again.