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something is eating my hibiscus

Posted by buddy_zzz s. texas (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 27, 09 at 14:12

something has eaten almost all of the leaves and growth tips of several 3ft + hibiscus plants. I havent seen any bugs except an occasional ant. i have even got up in the middle of the night a few times to see if i could see what it might be, but i see nothing at all i have a bottle of neem oil,is it safe to use on hibiscus? any ideas anyone?thanx.

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RE: something is eating my hibiscus

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 30, 09 at 23:29

You shouldn't spray until you know what you're shooting at.

Then, too, only a few damaged leaves should be ignored.

So how many leaves are affected?

RE: something is eating my hibiscus

Do you have deer?? The deer tend to ignore 99% of my tropical plants that go out for the growing season. But hibiscus frequently appears on lists of plants that deer love to eat. I only learned this after they ate my plants (flowers, leaves, stems,..)

RE: something is eating my hibiscus

Are the leaves turning yellow and dropping all along the entire length of stems and then the stems also turn yellow? This is what's happening to one of my hibiscus and now whatever it is seems to have spread to a nearby hibiscus. The whole stem drops its leaves and eventually turns yellow. Then it spreads to another stem on same plant. I think it must be bacterial, fungal or viral. I'll see if I can post a picture on here somewhere.

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