Problem with Hibiscus

pilsner12October 12, 2012

I have a Hibiscus that I have had for several years. In the spring i took on the task of re-potting it as it had outgrown it's existing home. Needless to say the re-potting failed, it lost all of it's leaves and sat looking like a dried up twig for the next couple of months. In hopes that it was just in shock I continued watering it and the day before the garbage day that I was going to pitch it noticed new buds emerging from the base of the tree. Since then many more have come out and are growing quite nicely. What I now need help with is what should I do. All of the new leaves are on the bottom 12" and above that continues to be bare twigs. I need to do something but am concerned that by cutting the top part off will cause the tree to go into shock or further the damage that has been done. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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RetiredFlorida(9)

I would think that if there is no growth above the twelve inches, that part could be clipped off. I recently had some plants that were not planted correctly and I dug them up.
They looked as if they were unhealthy and dying. I potted them up in fresh potting soil and they were on the rebound in a couple of days, all new growth. One of mine had two older growth twigs and the leaves returned to it, so I suspect if you have no growth on the top, that part has died and/or dried out.

I'm not sure why your re-potting went so wrong. Did you maybe fertilize it when you re-potted it? The fertilizer can burn the roots. Glad you didn't give up on them. Some plants can come back from the brink of death with just a little TLC.

Good luck.

Darren

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 9:04PM
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Gutzmek(6)

I know this has been mentioned before, but the "scratch test" never fails. Use a thumb nail, etc to scratch away at the branch/trunk. Green/white is good. Also the plant type may help. My rose mallows are dying back for winter, and its interesting to see the trunks "retard".

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 2:06AM
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pilsner12

I'm not sure what happened. The re-potting took place while was away. I know that there was no fertilizer used but my suspicion is that it didn't receive enough water immediately following being re-potted. I do see some green and white when I do the scratch test but the branches themselves do snap off really easy. I am tempted to prune some of the smaller branches to see if it doesn't help sprout some new buds higher up. Thoughts on this are appreciated.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 3:33PM
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