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I just planted two small hibiscus plants outside this early fall season, and something has cut off (or eaten) all the small branches and leaves from the plant. Are there any animals or birds that would devour this plant? Do you think it'll come back next spring? How can I prevent to from happening again?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Donna from Sterling Heights, MI


It sounds like you have deer in your neighborhood. As days grow shorter in the fall, it's common for them to leave the woods in search of food. They happen to love hibiscus. Whether yours will come back again in the spring depends on how much damage was done and whether the plants had enough to time to settle in and establish good roots.

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November 26, 2009

Varmints are digging into the mulch we spread around Hibiscus and Hydrangea plants. They are digging into the top and the side and looks like they are eating stems and maybe even bulbs. We thought to cover with screen wire hopefully that will let winter sun in and block the varmints. Any advice you can offer will be appreciated. Thanks.



Hardiness Zone: 6a

By BJ from mid MO


December 3, 20090 found this helpful
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Forget the hot sauce. Make a mix of: 1/3rd each of black pepper, crushed red pepper like they put on pizza & ground red pepper. Then mix in about 1/8 cup of dry hot mustard. Put into something you can sprinkle it from water well, if the ground needs it & then sprinkle it, then leave it alone for at least a week. It chases off pretty much anything that sniffs. All animals sniff to find what they want & most of them have long memories. I have had it work for cats & dogs for up to 4-5mos. When I water this area, I run a slow hose to soak the ground, rather than spray with a nozzle It's pretty amazing, but when you mix it, do it outside & be up wind of it. Mix slowly, this can get in your nose. It's pretty bad, & you don't need to cover the ground, just sprinkle it around. Make sure you cover the entire area. It's great stuff. I got this from Jerry Baker. He has books on stuff for the garden from your kitchen.

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July 15, 2019

What can I use to eliminate what is eating the hibiscus leaves? They are new bare root plants, that are not blooming yet.


July 15, 20190 found this helpful

Get yourself an insecticidal soap that is organic. It covers a wide spectrum of insects

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you Judy!

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

You can use Neem Oil (insecticidal soap) and use as directed - can be used for all types of plant bugs or diseases - sold at all garden departments in stores.


Or you can mix 1/2 teaspoon of blue Dawn Dish Washing (1/4 teaspoon if concentrated form) i(even a few drops of soap) with water in a pint to quart spray bottle, shake bottle and spray early in the morning or before the sun hits the plant.
Do not spray in hot sun.
Repeat everyday for at least a week.
Use Neem if plant does not improve.
Neem Oil is organic insecticidal soap.

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