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Old 08-15-2012, 04:45 PM
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Hibiscus NOT Blooming?!?!

Guys.....this is personal.

20+ years this beautiful Hibiscus blooms in my Dad's yard so big you can see it when you turn onto his road.

This year........barely two blooms.

I mulched his yard for the first time ever and even the internet says to mulch it up. The one mistake I made is I mulched it all the way up to the roots!!! Didn't leave the custom 1 foot of no mulch space and the web says I made it hard to breathe!!!

Every year it responds to water. Lack of it and the plant wilts and a good shot of water and it stand back up in an hour. With the mulch this never happened.

I cleared out the area underneath a few days ago and am hoping for an end of the 9th homerun of blooms. Any comments?
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:51 PM
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I have 5 of them...they need a good balanced fertilizer.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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Read on a website that too much Nitrogen could mess things up. This is the second year I am doing more than just cutting my dad's grass for him. I am actually landscaping it, putting money into it which I find fun. I may have accidentally allowed the Nitrogen I was spreading on the grass to spray into the plants, very possible.

I will for now on hand fertilize the grass by the plants and use a spreader for the rest of the grass so NO Nitrogen gets into any plants.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:31 PM
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I feed mine what I put on my lawn...Lesco 24-2-11...seems to be working well.




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Old 08-15-2012, 05:36 PM
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These Hibiscus are actually from home depot...they had thrown them in a waste pile outside of parking lot...stripped of their pots and near death. With some fert and water they have don very well.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:28 PM
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They look nice. My Hibiscus is more exotic and not only does every single bud bloom but they bloom VERY large like, you could stick your head in them.

I was kinda happy that after I applied the mulch, the Hibiscus stopped flopping over due to lack of water but I'd rather have the blooms back for sure.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:35 PM
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Hibiscus enjoy water and as CA said a balanced fertilizer. I am assuming with your mulching you slowed water intake? Ensure they get feed and watered and I would expect blooms to increase significantly.

I have two on my property and changed them over to drip irrigation/micro irrigation....the bloom almost non stop down here minus when I prune.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:38 PM
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foliar feeding gives instant results too by the way...if not possible I suggest using a 8-2-12 palm food from lesco. Worst case have you somehow altered the PH in that area?
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:20 PM
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Here's my opinion...hibiscus tend to decline after a certain amount of years. They look beat, put out few blooms, etc. the fact that you got 20 years is amazing to me re:hibiscus. Without seeing pics, my vote is they are seasoned...
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:19 PM
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Here's my opinion...hibiscus tend to decline after a certain amount of years. They look beat, put out few blooms, etc. the fact that you got 20 years is amazing to me re:hibiscus. Without seeing pics, my vote is they are seasoned...
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Exactly, cut that thing back, it's too overgrown.
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