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Name: Susan
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skbrill61
Dec 19, 2017 9:06 AM CST
I'm having trouble keeping it alive. The ends will get new leaves then die off. It is kept in the greenhouse. I use hb-101 plant vitalizer on it once a month. I'd like to add it to the outdoor gardens this summer. Zone 6
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Name: Joanna
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Dec 19, 2017 10:19 AM CST
skbrill61 said:I'm having trouble keeping it alive. The ends will get new leaves then die off. It is kept in the greenhouse. I use hb-101 plant vitalizer on it once a month. I'd like to add it to the outdoor gardens this summer. Zone 6


Welcome!

Pictures can be very helpful. They don't have to be good, they just need to show as much of the plant as possible, especially the problem areas.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Dec 19, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Yes, a photo would be helpful. When new growth dies back it is usually a symptom of a root problem, specifically root suffocation from lack of oxygen. However, we would need more information to know for sure.

Don't rely on the plant vitalizer to help you with this problem.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 19, 2017 12:05 PM CST
Welcome!

What is the temperature in the greenhouse?

Is the hb-101 sufficiently diluted, since it contains sodium? Are you using a fertilizer as well (hb-101 is not a fertilizer)?
Name: Susan
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skbrill61
Dec 19, 2017 12:17 PM CST
I uploaded a picture of the plant. I took some cuttings from the new growth to see if they'll root. The hb-101 is about 1/8 tsp to a gallon of water. I removed about 1/4 in of old dirt and repotted with a mixture of potting soil n promix. The greenhouse temp stays around 75*
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 19, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Fuchsias typically root easily. Can I ask why you are using the hb-101 instead of fertilizer? Does the temperature in the greenhouse stay at 75 degrees at night as well?
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WillC
Dec 19, 2017 2:12 PM CST
Cuttings root much more readily in small pots.

Lack of nutrients is not a problem. Providing constant warmth, good light and carefully monitoring soil moisture are all important, There are no shortcuts in the form of nutrients or supplements.
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Name: Susan
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skbrill61
Dec 19, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Yes, the gh's stay at 75*. So i should quit using the hb-101 and use a 20-20-20 fertilizer. The hb 102 was a sample given to me. Really didnt find much info on it so I thought I'd give it try
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 19, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Can you lower the greenhouse temperature at night, or will that have a negative effect on the other plants you grow in there? Hb-101 is supposed (according to their website) to be used in conjunction with an actual fertilizer, it's not a stand-alone thing. Fuchsias also do not like too much sun although given what else you are growing in there I'm guessing it isn't getting too much.

'Dark Eyes' is a deciduous fuchsia so I also wondered if it was losing its leaves because of the time of year, but having seen the picture that doesn't seem to fit. Are there any buds at the nodes on the dead branches? It doesn't look like it from the picture.

I don't think continuing with the hb-101 serves any purpose, and it probably doesn't need fertililzer at this point. Fuchsias don't like to be kept too dry.
I think your best bet is cuttings.
Name: Susan
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skbrill61
Dec 19, 2017 8:41 PM CST
Thank you everyone for your help. I have 9 cuttings plus the plant, hopefully it'll return to it orginal condition n better

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