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Diseased fuchsia?

Hi, I am wondering if someone could identify what is wrong with my fuchsia please. It is the second year running it has grown like this. Last year I cut all the weirdly growing parts out. It started off ok this year until a month ago. Is there any way I could save it, as it is a cutting from my Grandad's that I had years ago. Thank you.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Probably Fuchsia gall mite.  There's a link to a pdf you may find useful at the bottom of The British Fuchsia Society web page:
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BeezBeez Posts: 8
    Thanks. I will check it out.
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
    It looks identical to the problem I had last year with a row of lovely fuchsias I have under a window. I concluded it was gall mite and cut off all the plants down to within a few inches of the soil. I also made sure there were no leaves left over winter on the ground. I really wasn’t sure what would happen this year - but they are all fine, probably better than before. 
  • BeezBeez Posts: 8
    Thank you. What time of the year did you do that? So far I have cut out all the diseased parts, but the plant is still about 3 feet high.
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
    The second week in September. Obviously it wasn’t what I wanted to do, but the problem was obviously very bad and I felt I just had to sacrifice the flowers .... do hope your plant will be fine next year. Don’t leave any manky leaves on the ground!
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