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Is there something wrong with this fuchsia ?

IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 744
The leaves look crinkled. Something to worry about or not? I can’t see any bugs in it. 


  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 602
    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. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,064
    I agree. There can't be much soil in there. 
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    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: 670
    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 DoncasterPosts: 6,049
    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.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,196
    It does have the look of the start of gall mite.
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  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 744
    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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