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Tafy
May 18, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Hi All
Could someone Please tell me what's wrong with my "SwingTime Fuchsia ?
it's leaves are a yellowy white as you can see and it seems to be still dormant.

Thumb of 2020-05-18/Tafy/0761aa This was last Summer

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I have tried a little Epsom Salt in water also a little Miracle Grow slow release plant food
but there's something not quite right.......and I don't know what to do ?
Thanks in advance for any help and advise
cheers
Tafy



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oneeyeluke
May 19, 2020 12:55 AM CST
Your pH has raised upward and locked out some of the nutrients possibly. When the pH is off the nutrients are not available and become locked out. If the pH is off it doesn't matter how much Miracle Grow slow release plant food you give the plant. Some of the trace nutrients won't dissolve with a higher pH. Fuchsia's require a rich, well drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.

What I would do if it were my plant, I would water with distilled water and catch a tiny bit in the drain tray and test it with my TDS or EC meter. Also I would test the liquid's pH with my pocket pH pen and would know exactly what's going on. That's the only way to know whats going on in the soil and with the pH other than sending a soil sample to the lab for testing.
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Tafy
May 19, 2020 4:09 AM CST
oneeyeluke said: I would test the liquid's pH with my pocket pH pen and would know exactly what's going on. That's the only way to know whats going on in the soil


Ooh erm "TDS or EC meter I'm afraid these are out of my reach and I'm not that technical
I thought there was some easy remedy but obviously it's Not so simple.
what I will try though is removing the drip tray and allow any excess water to drain if there is any
especally if they require as you say "well drained soil" I'll keep you updated on any change.
Thank you for your reply
cheers
Tafy


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Tafy
May 19, 2020 4:38 AM CST
Just wanted to add
February this year I re-potted this Fuchsia into a larger pot and the soil I used is obviously not to the plants liking so I'm wondering if I'll re-pot again and use a good composting soil
yes that's what I'm gonna do I don't really have anything to lose, I'll keep you updated Crossing Fingers!
cheers
Tafy
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Tafy
May 31, 2020 9:03 AM CST
Hi All
Isn't it amazing how a simple change of soil can make so much difference eh Hurray!
my "Swingtime Fuchsia" is showing good signs of recovering from her Most Horrid ordeal of being planted into a non drainage type of heavy dark soil.
It was a thick black soil which I completely removed her out of it's pot and replanted in a good Compost and Soil mix and a little Perlite.......Sorted!

As you can see she's now showing good signs of recovery with some lovely new green leaves.

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I'll post a few more pics hopefully when she's fully recovered and starts flowering again in a few weeks. Crossing Fingers!
cheers
Tafy

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Tafy
Jun 25, 2020 3:49 AM CST
Swingtime has fully recovered now from being in that horrid mucky non drainage soil.


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cheers
Tafy Hurray!

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