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Saving a fuschia!

I've been given a dead fuschiA.(mrs Popple, according to the label)

It looks dead to me, grey and dry and the ends, totally bare, and in a sorry looking state. I scratched back just a little below the grey ends and there is definately bright healthy looking green underneath. It's only little. About 12'' tall, and in a big pot. My neighbour bought it last year and said that it never really did much. He was chucking it so I offered to reHome it. Is it salvagable? 

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  • Hi, I cut mine back in spring, breaks from the bottom (Genii)

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    If you've got green you can revive it!

    Re pot, good compost, prune to about 6", cold frame for now, new shoots, in a few weeks if in a cold frame, a weak feed at first, when it gets going feed some more and you should get a decent plant for the summer.

    I have a few hardy fuchsia's in a cold frame from cutting I took in the autumn, they are still in leaf and doing really well, so with a bit of tlc it should race away in a few months.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,940

    As it didnt do anything much last year, I would give the compost a good check over for vine weevil, they love fuchsia's.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    I also suspect the poor thing has been over potted - plants dislike going into a pot which is too big for it.  If you do see signs of life, and with green wood I think you will, give it a smaller pot, fresh compost, no too much water and wait - it will do fine I strongly suspect. 

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