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Hibiscus Branches Dying?

Hibiscus Branches Dying?My hibiscus plant is losing 1 branch every day. The branches go from looking healthy to be dead overnight. The leaves don't turn yellow. I have 2 plants side by side and the problem is only with 1. I had this problem last summer and I lost the plant.

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I had put down several treatments and nothing works. When inspecting the branch, I can see tiny holes as if something went in.
Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks.

Hibiscus Branches Dying?
 
Hibiscus Branches Dying?
 
Hibiscus Branches Dying?
 
Hibiscus Branches Dying?
 
Hibiscus Branches Dying?
 

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June 4, 20200 found this helpful
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You have a problem in the soil and it is called root knot needies and they are eating the roots of your plant. You will need to get the tree out of there and see if you can save it by taking the knots off the roots of the plants. I have had these here on the islands and it is almost impossible to save the plant. The bugs live in the dirt and attach themselves to the roots of the plants and just suck the life out of your plants. Basially there is not a lot you can do for this but remove the plant and see if you can save it.

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Now you will need to treat the soil and not plant there again for at least 6 to 8 months until they go away. They are hard to kill and harder to keep gone. They will come back from time to time from all of my experiences with them. There are certain times of the year they will not bother you and then they wake up and feed again. They are so small it is hard to see them but you can tell they are there when the root of your plants are eaten away like yours are.

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This is called " Cankers". This is dying plant tissue. As it gets worse, the limb becomes dry and brittle.

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You could try to remove those disease pieces in order to keep the rest healthy!

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This problem sure sounds like root rot (several causes and not all relate to too much water).
You may be able to save the plant if you dig it up and really trim it back and remove anything that remotely looks like diseased.
You'll probably have to treat the ground and not plant anything in that area for several months.

I would recommend you ask your county extension agent about this as they can give you the information you need to keep this from happening again. They are a valuable resource for solving plant problems.

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