Hibiscus shrubs are the most popular plant in Southern Florida. With their quick-growing rate; their lush, green foliage; and their bright, showy flowers blooming almost year round is it any wonder why they’re so popular? Planted as a hedge or high border, you’ll have a cacophony of color.
There is a downside though. Along with the continuous blooms of color come with it the continuous assaults from myriads of pests.
Never fear for there is a safe, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive way to treat these vermin.
Soap. Liquid dish soap to be exact. Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory, etc… Just add two ounces of your standard liquid dish soap into a spray bottle, fill the rest with water and you are ready to go. Just spray the undersides of the leave and flowers and you will kill all the insects invading your plants.
The liquid dish soap also has another benefit. When used in the spring and summer months, the concoction will also act as a fungicide. Just as soap dries out your hands, It will also dry the skin of the plant protecting it from the dense fog and high humidity common to the Southern Florida region during these seasons.
If you feel that the soap is too harsh and is causing leaf drop, just gently spray the plant down with water one hour after administering the home-made insecticide.
Hibiscus plants and their flowers are a treasured piece of Florida’s heritage and with just a little bit of work you can ensure their health so everyone can enjoy their beauty.
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