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Old 09-07-2018, 05:05 PM
 
Location: One foot in CT one in KS
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We left for a week. My large potted hibiscus was fine when we left. Green, healthy, blooming. I gave it a good drink before I left like I normally do. I got back and the entire plant is yellow. Leaves are soft but yellow/brownish and drooping. The soil is damp, The rain gauge said we had roughly a 1/2" of rain while we were gone but it did get pretty hot for a few days (mid 90s) while we were gone. I scraped a stem high up and it's still green under the bark.

A wild card: We had an exterminator out for carpenter ants right before we left. Could something he sprayed have shocked the plant?

Lastly is there anything I can do to help this plant? It's been so reliable over the years. I'd hate to lose it.

Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Yellow leaves on hibiscus

I have a few yellow leaves on several plants, but nothing serious

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Gemstone1
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Mine has a few too....

not sure what could have happened to yours....hope it's ok.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:09 PM
 
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Ants like the hibiscus nectar. A simple step to eliminate would be to ask the bug guy "by the way, did you spray the plant by the door/whatever". He may well have seen ants and sprayed.

Funny thing is, I have known several people who spray and do not know what they should not spray on. I lost a nice little herb garden that way and had to start one elsewhere because of the spray in the soil. The crazy guy thought they were weeds.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Too much water.
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 AM
 
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Lack of sunlight can cause overall yellowing of the leaves.
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