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Hibiscus: Is this a fungus or seasonal leaf drop?

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Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

December 21, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9363835

We have 4 indoor hibiscus plants. Back in September one of them developed yellowing leaves with black spots on the back and other disfigurement. Spraying with a fungicide seemed to stop it. Now, in late December, all four plants have yellowing leaves, but no other disfigurement. Do hibiscus seasonally drop their leaves? We've had them for a long time, and I seem to recall yellowing in the past that didn't concern me, but after the fungal experience I'm afraid not to spray. But I don't want to as it involves moving heavy plants into the middle of the room on a piece of plastic.

The first 3 pictures are the scruffy ones from September (actually early October by the time I took the pictures), and the last 2 are from December.


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Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #9366772

Looks like normal leaf die off to me. During the Winter, it's completely normal for this to happen. They aren't curled up as they were in September, just old.

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