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Hibiscus mutabilis Dying

Posted by palmfan z7NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 18, 09 at 20:44

Help! My Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrus' seems to be dying stem by stem. Whole stems wilt, turn yellow, and wilt and die. I applied insecticide after a heavy watering, but still I am losing this long term garden resident, and don't know what may be wrong. Could it be borers? If a wilt disease, would it collapse shoot by shoot? Sorry I can't post a photo of this large, prized plant. I will probably take cuttings from still healthy shoots in case the plant dies.
I can usually find a way to get a reportedly sterile hibiscus to set seed, but not the above described 'Rubrus'. This plant seems more sterile than other "sterile" hibiscuses.


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RE: Hibiscus mutabilis Dying

Make sure you aren't overwatering or over-fertilizing it. And of course in your area, it needs as sunny a place as you've got. Hope it perks up again. Good luck,
firefly


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