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Beginner Gardening: Double red althea

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Orland Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9224964

The leaves on my Double Red Althea are turning yellow and falling off. I have not been overwatering it. I did not water for several days until its leaves were starting to droop. I then watered sparingly. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Rolesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 3, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9228250

How long has the plant been in the ground? Hibiscus, especially newly planted one, tend to overreact to drying out too much and Rose-of-Sharon (H. syriacus) is no different. Most likely it got a little too dry and the rocks-as-mulch amplified the effect by heating them up and cooking the roots a little. The leaves that are currently yellow will probably still fall off but it shouldn't get any worse.
Orland Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9228351

This was planted 12 days ago. I have since upped the watering and it looks better. The yellowing leaves are drying out and falling off. Thanks

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