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My fuchsia is mutating!

Zataweed?Zataweed? Posts: 5

Sorry if this is a really obvious problem but I'm probably the stupidest person here when it comes to matters horticultural.

I have a really nice fuchsia in a large pot on our deck. It really is bombproof ie I haven't managed to kill it for five years!

Every spring I cut it back to bugger all and give it a feed and it romps away and flowers its head off until the frosts come.

Did everything the same this year but something weird is going on.

The plant is performing as usual except in one respect. The stupid thing is growing a really strong, vigourous shoot that is completely different from the rest of the plant. it's really vigourous and is growing twice as fast as the other shoots, has a different leaf (much more serated) and is very upright. It is coming from the main part of the "trunk" and all the other shoots are as normal.

The fuchsia is otherwise quite normal.

Anyone have any idea what is going on?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    Hi Zataweed image  (good name)

    Can you post a photo or two to give us a clue, please?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Zataweed?Zataweed? Posts: 5

    Here are some snaps.

  • Zataweed?Zataweed? Posts: 5


    Whoops! Try again.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904


    Last edited: 17 June 2016 16:46:37

  • Zataweed?Zataweed? Posts: 5

    Haha! Not only am I a crap gardener, my IT and photography skills are pretty pathetic!

  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Prune the different shoots and root them, then see what happens to them, might get flowers on them this year.

  • Zataweed?Zataweed? Posts: 5

    Uh, you mean like take a cutting. That's a good idea!


  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Yes exactly, simple really.

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