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Re: pruning hibs was: What is this strange item?

I think you're right, David.  Mine have always dropped leaves - just
yellow and drop off.  I've attributed this to lower light, cooler
conditions and less water, tho' I don't allow them to become dry as
they don't like that, I've found.

Think if I had a warm greenhouse with lots of room for them to winter
in, they'd just keep on going as they have put out blooms even in the
lousy conditions they get...but I think those were from buds that
were set before I brought them in.  Who knows?  Like Auralie, these
old guys are part of my plant family and I just hope they keep on
hanging in there.  Amazing how long you can have some "house" plants
(i.e. tropical types)...I have a few that are well over 30 years old
and have been abused and neglected but keep on truckin'....I am NOT
good with houseplants; always seem to forget to water enough in

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
> Marge, a certain amount of exfoliation seems to be the norm when
> seasons change from winter to spring.  I don't know the scientific 
> reason behind it but I've observed this from my own plants as well
> many other folks.  If you don't have mites or other pests and your 
> leaves just turn yellow and drop then I attribute it to the change.

>  Must have something to do with being in a northern climate because

> folks in the south who have them in the ground don't suffer from
>  Being that they are evergreen that is the only way they can sluff
> leaves and grow new ones.  I suppose in the tropics they just lose
> all the time.  Jim or Sally or Noreen is that what you've observed?
> DF

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