The Q&A Archives: Poor Little Fuchsia

Question: I've always had fuchsias and had wonderful success. This plant is in a hanging pot. I water daily and generously. However, the blooms are drying and dying on the vine. I have never had one to do this. What must I do?

Answer: When a plant wilts despite being adequately watered, it suggests a disease. Fuchsias are susceptible to several fungal diseases, including a rootlet rot that attacks the finer roots of the plant, impeding water uptake. You can try picking off the affected plant parts to see if new growth is healthy. Fuchsias perform best when regularly pinched back, anyway, so pinching them back now won't hurt them. If new stems produce healthy leaves and buds, the problem was cultural. If new stems are similarly infected, toss the plant and the soil and begin again with a healthy fuchsia.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Moss on a log"