If the hibiscus loses its leaves, be it as a houseplant or outside in a bucket, maintenance errors are usually the reason. This has to be stopped.© arkadijschell - Fotolia.com When the hibiscus (marshmallow) loses its leaves, the "cat whine" can be big. Well, everyone knows about the garden hibiscus that it leaves its leaves in autumn. This is quite normal due to vegetation. But what about the exotic plants in the good room or on the terrace? Why is it that the room or bucket hibiscus suddenly loses its leaves? And can you do something about it? We want to get to the bottom of these questions that move the flower lover in such a predicament.
Why does hibiscus lose its leaves?
Various causes can cause the hibiscus to suddenly shed its leaves. These are mainly due to maintenance errors.
❶ Danger from waterlogging
In summer you should keep the soil where the hibuskus is in the room or on the balcony moist. However, it is extremely important to avoid waterlogging. Do not water your hibiscus until the top soil has dried. You must drain off excess water in the planter. Otherwise, the waterlogging leads to root decay. If this predicament has already occurred, cut the infested roots back into the healthy root tissue and repot the plant with new soil.
If the putrefaction has progressed too far, then every attempt to rescue comes too late
❷ Too cool a location
A warm location in summer, except for the blazing midday heat, likes the room and bucket hibiscus. In winter, this feels most comfortable at temperatures of 12 to 14ºC.
The hibiscus can lose its leaves even after changing location - to the winter quarters. If, in addition, the temperature drops to the danger limit of 10ºC, the leaves will inevitably become detached from the shrub and it must be expected that the room or bucket hibiscus will completely shrink.
" Tip: The hibiscus needs a bright location for the winter. Watering is also more economical during the winter months.
❸ The plant is too dark
Make sure that your hibiscus is not too dark in the room or on the terrace. He generally wants a bright location. These lighting conditions should also be maintained as far as possible for wintering. Otherwise the hibiscus loses its strength and drops its leaves.