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I have a beautiful apricot hibiscus but buds drop all the time & leaves have holes maybe from ants we see sometimes .I have sprayed with rose shield recently which has helped a bit but buds are still falling so can you advise please. regards Joyce

Submitted: 04:49PM, 12 Mar 2010
Answer: Dear Joyce,

Your hibiscus tree sound like it is being attacked by both the Hibiscus Flower Beetle and the Metalic Flea Beetle.

The beetles are active during flowering periods and can produce many generations each year.

The beetles don’t enjoy the brighter coloured flowers, preferring the pale colours or white flowers. If found, remove the flowers from the tree and dispose of them. Give the hibiscus a regular feed with Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Pelletised Plant Food to assist with future flower production and reduce the overall stress on the plant.

Answered: 02:15PM, 18 Mar 2010

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