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Is it the end of Fuchsia?

I have just had to burn over 30 Fuchsias due to having gall mite, It has been my hobby for over 40 years and sadly I wont grow them again as there is no known cure for it. I live in the east and it is quickly spreading north (see map) I wonder if they will eventually die out as it is now getting out of control,it has been in the USA for many years now and still no cure has been found.image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,544

    That is really sad.   Lots of fuchsias in gardens here as many can stay out all year.   Do you know where the gall mite came from?  USA or European imports?

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • It seems it can be carried in the air so where it is now quite widespread in the south of England anyone is likely to get it.I would suspect that not many Fuchsias are imported from the states so I would think it came originally from Europe.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,544

    Fuchsias did originate in the Americas so maybe they've been breeding them, like they have hostas.  However; Europeans love them too and have a wide range on sale now at plant fairs and specialist nurseries so who knows?

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I bought some fuchsias from B&Q last year that developed (or already were infected with the gall mite).  I bought them from T&M this year and so far they are good clean plants and flowering beautifully. Is the infection weather related or a parasite?

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687

    Fuchsia gall mite can be controlled if you spot it early. Cut it away and don't let dead leaves hang around the soil areas. If you are growing hardy Fuchsias, cut them down every year. Don't keep masses of branches around, as this keeps the base warm and this can cause them to return if you have seen it previous years. Freezing cold temperatures will usually kill them off. 

    The issue is the milder weathers in the winter. That is why we are seeing this start from the south, and slowly creeping further north. 

  • Guernsey Donkey2  Sorry to give you bad news but I am in touch with someone who is tracking it and it has been reported in Guernsey and Jersey. It is a parasite and is invisible to the naked eye as it is so small. sorry to disagree Borderline but I have tried stripping them and cutting back but it has appeared on any new growth.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687

    nodlisab, I have heard that it doesn't always work. I am sorry you have given them up. I can't grow them myself, but have helped and planted some for others recently. They are beautiful garden-worthy plants that deserves more attention.

  • Thanks Borderline, After so many years of growing them it has been devastating to have them all wiped out, I sympathise with anyone who gets this horrible mite.

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