My Hibiscus is not doing well : (

teenytina78October 24, 2006

I just got my first Hibiscus and planted it inside. It flowered for about a month and then the leaves turned yellow and fell off. On about three to four of the branches the tips are slightly covered with spider like web. I don't see any bugs on it at all, shook it for white flies and did not find any. I sprayed Sevin on it twice. I watered the soil directly at first but it stayed moist all the time and these bugs were crawling in the soil so I started watering the bottom (I have a self watering pot). The bugs went away. The leaves are seemed to be "ripped" or have irregular sides that have smooth edges. I have a sun lamp on it for a few hours a day. Please help. Thank you!!

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Hi teenytina,

Sounds like red spider to me. Very difficult to control so you may as well forget it. Red spiders produce a web but they are so tiny, you will need a magnifying glass to see them. They love dry conditions so if you see this again, you must mist regularly but it may already be too late.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 8:16AM
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Tina, did you toss the plant? Mites are pests, but they can be killed..If the tree isn't too large take to sink or shower and spray w/ this 3 times a wk. Also, buy a mister and spray daily..Add 2-4 drops of dish soap to water.
Since I don't use harsh chemicals I count on the dish soap which works fine. Toni

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 4:22PM
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