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Hibiscus Plant Care

Hibiscus Doctor

Oh no! Something is wrong with your hibiscus! How do you figure out what it is? We have written many, many articles and webpages telling you how to figure out what is wrong with your hibiscus, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. So to help you keep your hibiscus healthy, find the picture and description below that best match the problem with your hibiscus, then click on the link at right to find out how to treat it.

Symptoms

Cause


Sunburn on Hibiscus Leaves
White spots or patches on leaves, and
plant has recently been put in direct sun →   Sunburn
Fertilizer burn on Leaf
Brown edges on leaves, and plant
has recently been heavily fertilized →   Fertilizer Burn

Bud discolored by thrips
Buds discolor and fall off before blooming
during the flowering season →   Thrips
Gall Midge Bud
Buds turn bright yellow while still tiny
and fall off before blooming
during the flowering season →    
Hibiscus Gall Midge
Flower scratched by thrips
Scratch marks on flower petals
in midsummer or fall→   Thrips
Leaf stippled by spider mites
Leaves stipple, turn yellow, fall off, AND
conditions are very warm and dry, inside a
house or outside in dry summer heat →   Spider Mites
Spider mite web
Tiny webs on stems & tips, AND
leaves stipple, turn yellow, fall off, AND
conditions are very warm and dry, inside a
house or outside in dry summer heat →   Spider Mites
Hibiscus defoliated by spider mites
Leaves turn yellow and fall off
until plant is defoliated,
soil is neither too wet nor too dry, AND
conditions are very warm and dry, inside a
house or outside in dry summer heat →    
 
Spider Mites
Whitefly Mess
White cottony mess on leaves AND
shaking branches makes tiny white
insects fly out →   Whiteflies
Whitefly Cloud
Tiny bright white insects fly out
of hibiscus when leaves are shaken →    
Whiteflies
Black Aphids
Black, white, yellow, brown, or green
insects on buds, flowers or leaves →    
Aphids
Green Aphids
Black, white, yellow, brown, or green
insects on buds, flowers or leaves →    
Aphids
Mealybugs
Small, white cottony spots on leaves →   Mealybugs
Snow Scale
Tiny, bright white spots on bark →   Snow Scale
Fungus Gnats
Tiny, black flying gnats around plant →   Fungus Gnats
Dieback Disease
One wilted branch on an otherwise healthy plant →   Dieback Disease
Fungus Gnats
Plant defoliating from tip, moving down stem
while rest of plant is healthy →    
Dieback Disease
Wilted Plant from Drought
Entire plant suddenly wilts,
soil is very dry, leaves turn
yellow or brown →   Underwatering
Wilt Disease
Entire plant suddenly wilts, soil is wet,
leaves stay green, then slowly darken →   Wilt Disease
Wilt Disease
Entire plant suddenly wilts and collapses,
soil is very wet, leaves stay green,
then darken quickly →   Drowning
Leaf Fungus
Black spots on leaves →   Leaf Fungus
Leaf Fungus
Yellowing leaves that fall off,
dark spots in green leaves, in a hibiscus
that is outside in winter chill and rain →   Winter Chill & Leaf Drop
Magnesium Deficiency
Oldest leaves turn yellow
with dark green veins,
Young leaves stay green →   Magnesium Deficiency
Iron Deficiency
Youngest leaves turn yellow
with dark green veins,
Older leaves stay green →   Iron Deficiency