The Q&A Archives: Fuchsia Dropping Leaves

Question: I have a fuchsia in a hanging basket and it is dropping its leaves. I water it with a weak solution of Miracle Gro 15-30-15 about every other day. Thank you for your help. Mary

Answer: Fuchsia's look spectacular in hanging baskets! It is natural for them to drop some of their oldest leaves. You can renew the plant and keep it bushy and flowering by pinching back the stem tips every few weeks. If both new and old leaves are turning yellow, it may be that the site is too sunny or the air is too dry. Try moving your fuchsia to a shadier spot and misting it daily to increase humidity. Fuchsia's require lots of water during the growing season. I water my hanging baskets daily, applying enough water to thoroughly soak the soil, until it runs out the drainage holes. Once every two weeks I immerse the hanging basket in a large container of water until bubbles stop coming to the surface. This drives air pockets out and ensures the soil is completely wet. Feed your fuchsia's every week with a quarter strength dilution of liquid fertilizer. Be sure to pinch the stems back throughout the season to promote bushyness and increase the number of blooms. Enjoy your fuchsia's!

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