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Leafless Fuchsia bushes

Anyone know why my Fuchsia plants lost their leaves towards the end of summer last year, but the flowers kept on coming. They are in tubs and several years old now.

Comments (11)

  1. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    It could be several things. Underwatering or underwatering, fuchsia rust, aphids. Without seeing the plants themselves its very hard to say.

    http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fuchsia-plant-losing-leaves-66431.html

    This should give you a good guide on what could have happened and how to prevent it happening again.

    The most important thing about Fuchsias is to not over or under water. The soil needs to be moist, but not wringing wet. Leave them to go dry and the leaves will perish in no time at all. Overwater them and the roots literally drown. If your plants are in pots, water them each day, but only enough to keep the soil moist.

    If you get the same problem again then send me a picture of the plants and I'll see if I can spot what the problem is.

    Ian

  2. Grower

    Suzanne France

    Hello Ian

    Can I pick your brains please? I want to grow a couple of standard Fuchsia plants in pots. Should I use upright or trailing varieties? Have you a ''best choice'' recommendation? In the past I had success with Swingtime, but would like something different and of course hardy.

    Regards Suzanne

  3. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    I've had success with both uprights and trailers, but for sheer stunning looks, trailers do tend to make the best standards purely because the flowers tend to be larger. That said, they are more delicate and need a lot more care over the winter.

  4. Grower

    Suzanne France

    Thanks for that Ian. Will get back to you.

  5. Grower

    Suzanne France

    I am in your area until Sunday this week, can I give you a call and buy some plants from you.
    Suzanne

  6. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    You can pop round and I'll sort you some out no problem at all.

  7. Grower

    Suzanne France

    Hello Ian
    My apologies, but I ended up in Cornwall and didn't have the time to get out to Wells. Let me know what you have for sale and I will send money to you with an order.
    Suzanne

  8. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    Hi Suzanne,

    Let me know what kind of plants you would like ie Hardy, trailing, bush and any preference on whether they are large or small flowers, and choice of colour, and I'll knock together a small selection as a thanks for the seeds you sent me.

  9. Grower

    Suzanne France

    Good evening Ian,
    That is so very kind of you. I have been looking at the enormous variety available - I have over the years grown a lot of fuchsia varieties but only have a few now. I would like to try a couple of the big flowered ones as I haven't grown any of them before. Most of what I have are hardy varieties, but dull. I do love the blue flowered ones and Blackie is an old favourite I had once. I Googled a few images and came up with a few names - Blue Angel, Deep Purple, Delta Sarah, Bicentennial and Firecracker. That might give you an idea of my taste. I think I will use my Swingtime to make a standard plant.
    All of my bushes have started to show signs of growth and I have bought some vine weevil nematodes because I have seen a few grubs around in my garden and don't want them invading my pots.
    I shall be grateful for anything you may wish to send and I will be interested to see how you post them out. Please let me know the cost so that I can pay you - cheque, PayPal etc.
    Kind regards
    Suzanne

  10. Grower

    Ian Gibson

    OK Suzanna, now we've got a starting point, I've got some Blue Angel, Bicentennial and some Blacky growing nicely as we speak. Delta Sarah I can sort out but will take longer because I have to take a cutting and get it rooted for you, but definitely manageable. Firecracker I do not stock, but if I can find a plant I'll get it and send you a cutting. With regards to posting them out, its actually very easy, just make sure they are moist, well wrapped up around the roots ( good old Bubble wrap ) and secured tightly in the box so they don't move about. I find blister packs perfect for this. I have sent plants to Greenland and Germany and never encountered any problems at all. The other trick is never to post after Wednesday. Otherwise they get stuck over the weekend in a sorting office, and should that happen the plants tend to get a bit upset, as would anyone stuffed in a box over the weekend. Anyway, I'll get on to your plants within the next week or so, and I'll also throw in a couple of ones that I think will look good for you...

    Ian

  11. Grower

    Suzanne France

    Ian - you are an example of what this site is about and of what gardening is about. Wish you were up here for our gardening club. We have a plant sale on the 2nd May. I have some Aqualegia 'green apples' and Hibiscus 'simply love' coming on nicely at the moment.
    I see lots of people have sent out plants too, using bubble wrap so I had better start saving some. Will take your advise on posting dates.
    I think Firecracker could be an American one.
    Thank you again
    Suzanne


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