Hibiscus Not Blooming

I am a novice gardener. I planted 3 hibiscus plants. They are tropical. I fertilized them and now they aren't blooming. They were flowering well before the fertilizing. I used a 10-4-12. Also I live in southwest Florida. Thanks for your help.


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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

I am never good with fertilizers (and I am terrified to use them with the dog) so I usually avoid them, but I know Hibiscus need food...and water just isn't enough. You do have to be careful feeding them around pets and small children and keep them away from the area for a few days.

So for your case, it sounds like it may have been overfed (sort of like how we are at Thanksgiving :)

This article explains it better than I can:


After it "rests", as the article suggests, the Pennington site (although that is what they are selling) gives info on their choices for food. This site always make it easy for me to understand what's what when it comes to the right mixes, which is why I like it.



Hope it all works out and you get to enjoy your lovely flowers soon!

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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks now if I have over fertilized what do I do next?

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June 19, 20180 found this helpful

Let it rest at least 6 weeks until the next feeding...then use less 1/2 less than the first time. If you see that isn't enough, you can always increase the next time!

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June 24, 20180 found this helpful

My plants are beginning to bloom again.I pushed away the mulch and soil to get too . the fertilizer.Should I now place more soil and mulch because the plants are now lower than the soil line?

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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure you do not have thrips, a kind of insect. You also need the right amount of sun, water and fertilizer.


This article will help you: www.exotic-hibiscus.com/.../july2013.htm#article2

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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

Just wait a longer interval than normal and fertilize normally.

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June 18, 20181 found this helpful

The fertilizer sounds okay but you may have fed them too much at one time or too much so soon after newly planting.

  • If you mean your plants were blooming when you bought them and stopped after planting then this may be due to the fact that nurseries (force feed) plants to make them bloom as a blooming plant will sell much, much faster than one that is not blooming. Nurseries know how to make flowers bloom at certain times (they do this with poinsettias at Christmas time) and it may take a little while for them to start blooming again.
  • If you planted them in the ground, you may have to wait a couple of weeks and only water and no more fertilizer until they get more buds.
  • If it is not too much fertilizer then you could be over watering, especially if it is raining regularly and you are still watering also.
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  • I like to use liquid fertilizer as I can weaken it and just add a little when I think it is time.
  • Also be sure the fertilizer is on the outer part of the canopy as that is where the roots are and do not add fertilizer at the close base of the plant.
  • Use mulch so the ground stays moist but not wet.
  • Add a little bone meal once in a while as this will help almost any plant have more flowers.
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June 19, 20180 found this helpful

Great tips! Thanks so much.I will be back to this site often

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

I only use worm castings to fertilize no matter what plant it is. You can't burn your plants, and the enzimes and nutrients are outstanding for the plant. I even use them on my inground plants. I will never use anything else.

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