Sick foxglove/fuchsia genii query

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
Foxglove first. This particular specimen doesn't look happy at all. For reference the second photo shows the others planted right next to it. Some yellow leaves lower down on a couple but good growth and the fresh leaves are fine. 



Next is my fuchsia, the upper leaves all have this pale yellow- almost whiteish look about them. I know genii has a yellow hint but this doesn't look right if you compare the second picture which is leaves lower down the plant.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,181
    What is the stuff sprinkled around the plants? Is it fertiliser or sand?
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
    edited 17 May
    That's just sand.

    The area was very sandy initially so I added a lot of compost and manure, always the odd patch left though.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,181
    They look like a nutrient deficiency. Have you tested the pH of the soil mix?  Sometimes if the soil is too acid or alkaline it can affect how a plant can take up nutrients.
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
    If my soil tester is accurate it was slightly acidic but we're only talking 6.5 or thereabouts.

    I have 2 hebes and a hardy geranium in there that seem to be doing well, the geranium especially. 

    2 weeks apart-


  • nultyphilip224nultyphilip224 Ireland,..The Midlands.Posts: 261
    There are numerous small healthy looking leaves on that Foxglove,..i would cut off the yellow leaves then those smaller leaves will grow much quicker and you should have a healthy looking plant,..i grow Foxgloves every year and some do tend to look as your one with the yellow leaves,..i do not know why this happens but it never harms the blooms.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
    Cheers I'll give it a go, nothing to lose anyway. Its growth seems to have stagnated a fair bit, especially compared to the tallest one which is getting noticeably bigger each day.

    Any thoughts on the fuchsia leaves?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,276
    Cut all that yellow off the fuchsia and keep watered.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    I live in fear and desperation,
    should I die before I die to live again.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
    edited 18 May
    Even if that means cutting away 80% of the plant?



    If my moisture/ph meter is remotely accurate, it's certainly not dry-



    Perhaps I've been over-watering it?

    I've been trying to keep to roughly once or twice weekly deep waterings of the plants in this bed. The foxgloves quickly wilt when they're in need of a drink so I'd been using that as a rough guide.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,276
    Perhaps it’s a yellow variety then,  if you’re happy with it like that, then leave it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    I live in fear and desperation,
    should I die before I die to live again.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 186
    Genii does have yellow-green leaves I just thought it was leaning a bit much to the yellow. The leaves in the first picture of it in my original post just don't look the best to me, a few of them are curling too.
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