Q.I have a beautiful Fuchsia, busy budding, but one stem is busy dying off half way up.
The stem in question is about 30cm long, with one bud on which together with the leaves are shrivelling up. The strange thing is that this is only occurring from 21cm to the top. Below the 21cm, the stem is doing well, like the rest of the plant. What could be the problem?
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It could be verticillium wilt. Try removing the affected branch, however it is a fungal disease that enters the vascular system so you may lose the whole plant. I would also check for aphids, spider mites, scale or thrips. Insecticidal soap should keep those pests in check.
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