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Is there something wrong with this fuchsia ?

IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
The leaves look crinkled. Something to worry about or not? I can’t see any bugs in it. 


  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 939
    Lack of water?
    The pot looks as if it could do with more compost. I would want the soil level to be about half an inch or so from the top. If it was mine, i would lift the plant, add more compost to the bottom and replace the plant. 
    Sunny Dundee
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    I agree. There can't be much soil in there. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892
    Looks like the beginnings of rust,  I would take it out of the pot,  cut all the affected stalks off,  make sure no weeds ever grow in its pot and plant it in fresh compost in a different pot, not a black one.  Fuchsias like cool roots,  black pots get too hot.
    You may save it,  but if it still grows though with brown on the leaves it may be better to bin it,  in the dustbin, not the compost heap. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740
    My fuchsias are all in borders but a few years ago the new growth looked like yours…it was an outbreak of Fuchsia gall mite.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,818
    It wouldn't hurt to weed out the other things that are growing in there, before they get any bigger. They won't be affecting the fuchsia at this stage but they'll be taking more moisture and nutrients as they grow.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,704
    It does have the look of the start of gall mite.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    Thanks all. I’m hoping it’s not gall mite so have kept it away from the other fuchsias. I think this is a stem cutting that’s grown. No way of treating gallmites I guess. I’ll give it more soil and take the other growth away from it and see how it goes.

     Interesting point about not using black pots too. I’ve noticed my fuchsia are thirsty little plants that don’t mind a lot of water.
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