Top Questions About Fuchsia Plants

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Questions About Fuchsia Plants

Asked by
jjandkimmysmom on
August 25, 2011

Q. Where to Find the Seeds on Hanging Fuchsia Plant

I love my fuchsia plant and know that they normally don’t live through the winter, so I would like to get the seeds out of it somehow and regrow them next year.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 26, 2011
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Since it may be more difficult and time-consuming to grow from seed, you may want to consider taking some cuttings from the plant instead. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fuchsia/propagating-fuchsias.htm

It is also possible to winterize these plants indoors, though taking cuttings would still be a good idea (just in case). Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fuchsia/fuchsia-winter-care.htm

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Asked by
pudgycat on
August 26, 2011

Q. Fuchsia Diseases

My fuchsias, I have about 40 plants, are slowly dying. I cut them back and now their growth is stunted. I’ve lost 2 and I really hope I don’t lose any more. I feed them Osmocote and treat them with Bayer mite contol when they have the gall mite.

Answered by
Heather on
August 29, 2011
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If their growth is stunted after being cut back, I would look at the roots for the issue. It could be a fungal form of root rot, which has spread to all the plants or it may be that you have a pest attacking the roots. Treating the soil with a fungicide can't hurt, but if you can find out what is getting at the roots, then you will be better able to treat the issue.

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Asked by
pudgycat on
September 1, 2011

Q. root rot

I pulled one of my fuchsias out of its pot, and not knowing what root rot looks like, I was confused and bewildered. The roots look normal to me. Anyone out there have a picture to help me identify if it is root rot that is stunting the growth on my fuchsias?

Answered by
Heather on
September 5, 2011
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I don't have a picture, but I can tell you that if they look healthy, they don't have root rot. Roots affected by rot look slimy and oily. They will feel mushy and often have an unpleasant smell.

If the roots look ok to you, then they likely are. Other things than can stunt growth would be too little water or too little nutrients. Both of these issues affect plants in pots because the plant is dependent on the soil in the pot to help it. Nutrients need to be added by the gardener and the plant needs to be watered far more frequently than if it were in the ground. Make sure you are fertilizing regularly and water the plant at least once a day over the summer months as the soil can dry out quickly in the heat.

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Asked by
slim on
September 5, 2011

Q. Bring Back a Dead Fuchsia

Well my name is Jimmy, and I have a fuchsia plant. It is dead but I cut all the dead away and in the inside of the stem was light green. Is it going to grow inside the house?

Answered by
squadronleader on
September 5, 2011
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Sadly Jimmy the chances of revival are, in my experience,very slim if none at all ! Although the stem shows some sign of 'greenness' if the roots have gone, then goodbye plant whether inside or outside the house (I assume greenhouse as in my view fuchsias don't make great house plants. But conservatories OK provided the plant is kept regularly sprayed with tepid water). As as matter of interest, how come the plant get this way in the first place?. TW

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 9, 2011

Q. Giant Caterpillars

We have recently acquired several giant black caterpillars on our fuchsia bush in our front garden and they seem to be having a whale of a time by eating anything in sight. We haven’t got a clue what they are or what to do about them, or how to exterminate them. Can you help please?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 10, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 19, 2011

Q. Overwintering Hardy Fuchsias in Zone 5

I just purchased a Hardy fuchsia. How do I care for it in Zone 5? It is in a pot now. Should I plant it in the ground and mulch it?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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If you want to put it in the garden, then yes, cut it down and give it a generous covering with mulch over winter. It can also be over wintered indoors. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fuchsia/fuchsia-winter-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 11, 2011

Q. Transplanting Hardy Fuchsia

When is the best time to transplant a mature hardy fuchsia?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 12, 2011
Certified Expert
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This is often highly debated among gardeners. Some say spring, others say fall. Either time is fine; however, it mostly depends on where you are. While hardy fuchsia survives most winters, in regions where extremely cold or freezing temps are inevitable, spring would most likely be the best time for transplanting. All other locations, with milder winters, would generally transplant in the fall (though it still doesn't hurt to insulate it with a layer of mulch--like straw).

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