The Q&A Archives: Sparse Leaves On Fuchsia

Question: My fuchsia's leaves are getting sparse. I water at least every other day, if not daily in the morning. The leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Is this from too much water? The blooms have slowed way down too. Is it too hot for it outside? (Temperature is in the 90's.) I have it on the porch in the shade,so it gets very little sun. I also have a fertilizer spike in it. How far into the summer do they bloom?

Answer: Fuchsia's should bloom from early to first frost, providing a constant show of bright-colored flowers. If your plant is losing leaves and has stopped flowering, it's quite unhappy. The general care required by fuchsia's is lots of water (daily in summertime - perhaps twice a day in really hot weather), filtered morning sunlight with dappled shade the rest of the day, frequent pinching to promote new flowering stems, daily misting to promote high humidity around plant, and frequent feeding (every 10 days with a diluted liquid fertilizer).

You can probably rescue your fuchsia by sitting the pot in a tub of water to thoroughly moisten the potting soil, removing the fertilizer spike, cutting back the stems to promote new growth, and placing the plant where it will get morning light and mid-day to afternoon shade. Water and mist each morning, and fertilize every 10 days. Keep pinching the stems back to promote new growth and remove spent flowers to keep the plant blooming all season.

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