Asked on May 13, 2016

Hibiscus buds keep falling off

by Connie
They fall off before they bloom. The buds are on the soil.
  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 13, 2016
    Is the bush in a pot or the ground? Is it a perennial Hibiscus or Tropical?

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 14, 2016
      @Connie Ok sometimes this is common with tropical Hibiscus. It could be improper watering or the plants needs to be re-potted.I would try that as well as look under the leaves to see if there is any signs of insect.See if that helps and please let me know the result so I advise further.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 14, 2016
    Buy yourself a hand held watering gauge so you can be sure you are not overwatering it. You can also try repotting it but I'd monitor the watering first.

  • Mom6240331 Mom6240331 on May 14, 2016
    Be careful on the water--don't overdue it. A good plant food and/or coffee grounds and mine do great in Texas from June thru November.

  • Shirll Shirll on May 15, 2016
    You are giving it to much water I think.I have a couple that I only water after it start's to dry out and it seem's to do well

  • I think it may have nothing to do with watering! Aphids and other pests love tropical hibiscus and this could be an issue. I have 2 tropical hibiscus i overwinter and keep moist and fertilized but I do find aphids when I put them outdoors. You need to check underside of leaves and feel for any sticky residue on plant. Are any of the leaves turning colors?

  • Connie Connie on May 16, 2016
    Thank you everyone for your help and comments! I have checked the plant leaves and there are no aphids. I have watered a little less and that seems to help. I have a gorgeous bloom on the trouble plant and a couple of others on the way. I have to keep my eye on this one carefully. All my others are doing fine! Let's hope they all continue to do well and give me the joy of their beautiful colorful blooms!