Hibiscus NOT Blooming?!?!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JBRONCFAN, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. JBRONCFAN

    JBRONCFAN LawnSite Member
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    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?
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have 5 of them...they need a good balanced fertilizer.
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  3. JBRONCFAN

    JBRONCFAN LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  6. JBRONCFAN

    JBRONCFAN LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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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.
     
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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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?
     
  9. 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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  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Exactly, cut that thing back, it's too overgrown.
     

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