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Plant ID and advice please

I have had this plant for several years and I can’t remember what it is called. Can anyone help? I have always grown it in a pot and it always produced nice flowers but hasn’t done for the last couple of years. It looks quite sad at the moment with brown patches on the very few leaves that are left. Any advice would be appreciated. 


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    It would be easier to ID if we could see the flowers; do you have a photo of them?  If not, a description would help.  Do you keep it fed and watered, and change the top later of compost from time to time?  It might be that the compost is exhausted and the plant is starving.
  • Thankyou for your reply. Sorry I don’t have any photos but the flowers are pale pink/white coloured and I think it flowers late summer. I always water and feed it but it can be very cold and windy up here in NE Scotland so I don’t think that  helps. The compost is compacted so I can’t add more. It is very heavy in the container and I can’t plant it in anything bigger either. 
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    It is in need of some pruning so if you can start by cutting out any dead or damaged branches.
    Thin out a bit removing twiggy growth and crossing branches, if you are feeling brave you could shorten the remaining branches down to a healthy looking leaf.
    If the compost is compacted this doesn't allow the roots to breathe so  remove the gravel and scrape off 3 or 4 inches of soil using a fork garden or cutlery whatever works then top up with fresh compost but if it was mine I would try and remove it from it's pot and have a look at the roots to see how congested they are. You can root prune the sides and bottom then return it to the pot with fresh compost. If the roots don't fill the pot just loosen off as much of the old compost you can and report with fresh.

  • Thankyou. I’ll give that a try and see how I get on. Don’t suppose you know what it is?
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    No sorry I feel I should know it but..?.

  • micearguersmicearguers Posts: 613
    The first picture puts me in mind of Buddleia, the second less so.
  • FatsiaFatsia Posts: 35
    Looks like a fuschia to me, not 100% though! 
  • Thankyou everyone for your comments. I know it’s definately not a fuschia and I don’t think it it’s buddleia either. When the flowers are out if I remember correctly I think they’re along the length of the stems and not just at the end. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,889
    Looks like a fuchsia to me too, very similar wood and they have flowers all along the stems. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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