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white spots on the leaves

Posted by COOKIEB747 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 29, 05 at 11:58

Since I brought my multi color hibicus indoors, it has developed white spots on the leaves. I didn't see any bugs on them and it seems to be growing, but these spots are unsightly. Can anyone give me some suggestions? I would be most greatful.

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RE: white spots on the leaves

There's a 95% chance those spots are bugs; tiny, tiny bugs.
Aphids actually. It's normal to have an aphid problem when hibiscus are indoors. And you're right, they don't normally hurt the plant, just look like crap.
I spray my hibiscus with a weak dish detergent solution on a regular basis in the winter. Pay attention to the tips of the branches and the undersides of the leaves. This will help keep the little guys at bay.

aphids don't hurt the plant?

Is it really true that aphids don't hurt the plant? Without aphids, my hibiscus buds seemed to develop faster. Since I noticed aphids, it seems like the buds stop growing and the spikes around the bud (the cotyedon?) are way bigger than the bud. I think aphids must hurt the plant in some way. Anyone know?


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