Friday, January 21, 2011

Hibiscus buds fall-off before blooming...


Hibiscus flowers are lovely. These flowers exhibit vibrant colors, and at this part of the globe, the flowers are considered auspicious. Yes, the plant and the flowers have medicinal qualities. These plants love the Sun and good amount water. Loosen the soil and feed them at regular intervals; they are the happiest!

When these plants are young, they are prone to pests and other issues. After the plants grow bigger and older, you may not have to care as much. Just stand back and admire their regular or daily blooms. And oh, if you plant them on the ground, they’ll love you more!

Yesterday, a lovely hibiscus shade of Red and deep Gold was ready to bloom. It’s a big flower and lovely too. I was tempted to stay back home just to see the full bloom. But, you see, work calls. When we returned home from work, the flower had had its day. Sigh.

Today, a Golden Yellow hibiscus flower had bloomed before we left home. The flower was beautiful, and seemed like a little Sun on our terrace. I was glad to see the flower in full bloom. With the trees shedding leaves, the terrace will soon turn into a furnace. But the good part is that during summer, the trees will flaunt lots of fresh leaves, and the plants will enjoy both sunshine and shade! :-)

Having said so much about the hibiscus plant and flowers, there are times when the buds fall off before blooming or some other issues. Based on my research and my talking to experienced gardeners, here are a few causes for the buds failing to bloom:
  • Water: Keep the soil moist; don't water too much or too little. During winter or colder days, let the water temperature reach normal before watering the plants.
  • Temperature/Environment: Good to move plants around so that the temperature is regulated. For example, if the days are strikingly hot, you may want to keep the plants in a place that has sunlight is less harsh or for lesser hours.
  • Fertilizer: Excess fertilizing the plants can cause buds to drop. I have over-fertilized my plants, and learned from my mistake!
  • Pests: Have a closer look at the buds. Are they turning Yellow, and then dropping off? If yes, pests are at work. Cut off such buds, and dispose them. Also check if there are insects dwelling on the backside of the leaves. If yes, remove all such leaves. I have big problems with the pests!
  • Container size: If the plant has been growing in the same container for years without soil replacement and/or if the container is smaller, we can observe a few issues with the plant’s grow and flowering habits.
Damaged bud
Have a relaxed weekend.
Regards,
Asha

6 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks for the post Asha. Based on this i think most of the issues apply to mine, either the soil is too wet or too dry, the container might be small and yes, the harsh sun. Don't really see the buds turning yellow, but yes, the leaves are.
    Shall implement some of these and see. You must remember the buds came in the first place, thanks to your advice of pruning :)

    thanks again

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  2. Hi Malathi,

    You are very welcome!

    Regards,
    Asha

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  3. Thanks Asha! You have noted down good info here. I have not experience bud drop before but if I do in the future, I will definitely remember your advices as stated here.

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  4. Have a healthy garden, Steph!

    Regards,
    Asha

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  5. Hi...thanks for the info...I have a problem with hibiscus buds...buds are eaten by something,..May be squirrel, not sure....or may be some thing else...buds are eaten half, cut off from stem...normally this happens during night/ early morning...some times day time as well...please suggest

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    1. Seems like insects (such as thrips); spray insecticide, starting with once a week every week, and then slowly reducing the frequency.

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