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Hibiscus Leaves Turning Yellow?

My hibiscus has bugs. The leaves are turning yellow and falling off leaving only the stem. I sprayed it with soap and oil, but it is getting worse. I have fertilized with a systemic. What do I do now?

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August 8, 20170 found this helpful

First off, how many times have you sprayed you plant? In cases like this where your plant is infested with bugs it needs more than one spraying. You will need to repeat the spraying every other day for a week. Spray in the evening or late afternoon.

Second, use your garden hose to wash the plant. Clean all the branches, stems and leaves. Give your plant a good washing.

Third, prune the areas that are heavily infected with the bugs. Get rid of the branches in this area. The plant will grow back. You might have to cut down a good portion of the plant to control the bugs and save your hibiscus.

If this doesn't help try and catch one of these bugs and put it in a plastic bag. Take it to your garden shop and ask the person what spray they recommend for your hibiscus. I don't like using harsh sprays on my plants because of my animals. I find that a good bath with Dawn dish soap and a little oil, mixed with water cures all the bugs in my garden. You just need to spray more often and it can take 1 to 2 weeks to kill all the bugs and their eggs. That is why it is important to wash your plant. Use your hand to run down the branches and remove as much of the residue as possible.

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