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hibiscus or rose of sharon

ycunnixxxycunnixxx Posts: 9
Help please. My hibiscus is 5 yrs old and for the last couple of years has produced no flowers at all. I'm not sure if it's dead though. I lifted it and it has lots of thick roots but not many fibrous ones and I've also scraped back a little of the bark and it is green underneath. If anybody has any advice enabling me to revive it, I would really appreciate it, thanks


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,852

    You don't mention leaves. A plant can live without flowers but not leaves.

    Has it  got any?

  • ycunnixxxycunnixxx Posts: 9

    Oops, sorry, no leaves

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,852

    It's June, if there's no sign of leaves I think it's dead or as near dead as makes no difference.image


  • ycunnixxxycunnixxx Posts: 9

    So no chance whatsoever of saving it?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,852

    I doubt it but someone might turn up and disagree later on.

    How much pleasure this shrub has given you over the last few years. Is it worth the effort?

  • ycunnixxxycunnixxx Posts: 9

    Thanks for your advice. I think I knew anyway, just needed it confirmingimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,852

    That's often the way of it yc.  Sometimes I'm looking for an excuse to dispose of something, other times trying to preserve something that's just a waste of space.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    I'd give it a bit longer as Hibiscus can be one of the slowest plants to leaf-up.  I had two identical ones delivered early this year which went into the cold GH.  One began sprouting leaves in March, but the other remained dormant until mid-May.  It is getting a bit late though.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You mention Rose of Sharon in your title.  Isn't that Hypericum?  

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