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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Should I give up on a half dead plant? For a couple of years, we had some beautiful hibiscuses growing well in a border of the conservatory. Then we had the cold winter before last when they died right back. One of them tried to make it back last summer but only produced a handful of leaves. This year it's doing the same with just a few leaves. Should I give up and buy a new one, or will it eventually regrow? Is there anything I can do to encourage it to grow more vigorously. In its present position it is in a fairly shady position.

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Yes, a difficult question. Easy for us to answer as it's not our treasured plant! Probably best to replace it and plant another one in a more favourable spot. By the time you've dithered a new one could be thriving. Or put a new one elsewhere and give the old one just one more chance....

29 May, 2010


After frost damage in 2006, my Hibiscus had been stubborn about coming back. It finally snapped out of it with frequent feeding with a tropical plant food, plus epsom salts. Modern Miracle-Gro (not the old formula) plus epsom salts should do the same thing. Best of luck with it, Bertie.

29 May, 2010


Thanks Tugbrethil. I will try feeding it with Miracle-Gro as the soil where it's planted is pretty poor. I've just bought a new large flowered one, yellow with an orange centre, which is great, but I'd still like to revive the old one if possible.

31 May, 2010

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