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hibiscus not doing well

Posted by cattlover zone 5 VT (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 11, 05 at 17:33

Ok, so i have a double flowered peach hibiscus tree. I have had it pretty much indoors since i purchased it. Well, for a couple of weeks in the beginning of the summer it was out on the deck. It bloomed rather nicely and was very healthy. Then it started to wilt and I figured it was because of the direct sunlight. Long story short, i brought it inside, in filtered brite light, and it's still not well at all and is free from infestation and I don't know what the heck to do.

I'm a sad hibiscus owner.... :-(


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RE: hibiscus not doing well

Hibiscus need direct sunlight, so start to acclimate it to that. After a few weeks, you should have it living in a spot with as many hours of direct sunlight as possible.
Also, just so you know, what you have is a Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, which can be grown as a tree or shrub, it just depends on how they were trimmed.
Many times, even with direct sunlight and enough watering, hibiscus will wilt because they're pot bound. Check yours and if this is the case, pot it up or if you don't want it in a bigger pot, you can root trim it.
To do this, take it out of the pot (duh!), and trim back the smaller roots 1"-2"'s. You will see larger tap roots; I don't trim those, perhaps someone else here does and can advise you on this.
There's a description and photos of this here: http://www.rozpat.net/Basics and Beyond.htm
By trimming the branches and the roots, you can keep a hibiscus at a certain size pretty much indefinitely.
Good luck!
Barb
Barb


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