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josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
A few days ago, I transplanted a large and lovely fuchsia bush to a spot where it could be seen by the larger audience it deserves.  I surrounded it with lots of spring bulbs and some pansies.  I watered it in well, but the next day was the start of a very windy spell, and the leaves shrivelled up.  Presumably the wind is sucking water out of it faster than its disturbed and damaged roots can take it up.  Apart from watering it on days when it doesn't rain, is there anything I can do to improve its chance of survival? I'm wondering about contriving some sort of shelter around it, but I don't know how I'd keep it from blowing away.


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,088
    Don’t worry about your fuchsia at all. They all lose their leaves in the winter,  mine are bald now even the tender ones I brought into the greenhouse for winter have been stripped of leaves.
    They don’t need watering at all over winter so no need to water yours in the ground, some people take them out of the pots for winter for storage.
    Next Spring you’ll see tiny leaf buds forming , then you cut it right back to a bottom set of buds, it flowers on new wood.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743
    You beat me to it @Lyn, I was just about to flag your name up as you're a wiz with Fuchsias. 
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Well, this is reassuring.  It had lost a lot of leaves by the time I moved it, but was still flowering.  I've had it five years so I knew it would lose its leaves. I was worried because the leaves still on it were green and healthy and the wind shrivelled them up.
  • That has happened to me too, as the result of an obscure fungal disease that only affects barberries, mahonia and fuchsia. My F. magellanica 'Aurea' loses all its leaves by the end of the summer by shrivelling but it comes back undeterred the next spring. It has passed the two-year-death point (a milestone in my garden!)
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