The Q&A Archives: Wilting fuchsias

Question: I purchased two fuchsia plants and transplanted in the bigger pots. I used garden soil mixed with animal manure to plant. I put them indoors along the patio door. I have been applying fertilizer to leaves and in pots in solution form. They have started wilting. Most of the leaves of fuchsia plant with narrow leaves have dried out and branches are also drying. Can they be saved?

Answer: Fuchsia's are perfect for hanging baskets in shady spots. They require lots of water and need good air circulation to keep them healthy. They are susceptible to root rots if the soil remains soggy, and they can get a disease called 'bud blight', which causes the buds to blacken. You may be able to restore the health of your fuchsia's by pinching or cutting out the stems affected by the blight, which will encourage the growth of new and healthy stems. I'm concerned about the manure in the soil and the fact that you're fertilizing frequently. Too much nitrogen fertilizer encourages green vegetative growth - at the expense of blossoms. Another consideration is that they may not like the spot they are growing in. Try pinching back, misting with water every day (to increase humidity without oversaturating the soil), and putting them outdoors in a brightly lit but shady location until they begin to look healthy again. Hope they perk up for you!

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