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By Tnorris

United Kingdom Gb

South facing garden and it has been warm. watered each evening. Four fuschia plants in bed with 5 roses. One fuschia has brown lower leaves which are falling. Buds are still growing at the tip. The bed is new--first year of any growth and is made of general organic non peat compost and the well rotted contents of a compost bin. The roses have been sprayed once for green fly. I don't know what is wrong with this one fuschia and if there is anything I can do about it, if anything please?



i take it you sprayed the roses while the fuchsia's were there, if so i believe this may be your problem. Fuchsia are renown not to like being sprayed and can throw hissy fits if you do so, a friend who was showing some of his found this out to his cost when they shed all their leaves.

27 Apr, 2010


A word about watering too - if your plants are newly put in, they will need watering during dry spells - but only every 5 days or so if they're small, when they should be given a thorough soaking (half an hour with a sprinkler) and not daily - watering daily discourages the plant from putting down deep roots because it expects water to arrive daily at the surface, so that's where the water seeking roots grow out.

27 Apr, 2010


I would suggest that overwatering is, at least, part of the problem. After this last winter the garden ground shouldn't need any artificial watering yet. (Containers do need water).

28 Apr, 2010


Phew, that might be true for you, Bulbaholic, but here in the south in my part of London, we've not had a drop of rain for almost six weeks - and everything is gasping. I've had to water the new planting every 5 days with a sprinkler, and the playing field opposite me has had the sprinkler on every day for the last fortnight, barring weekends.

28 Apr, 2010


In that case, Bamboo, swaps?

28 Apr, 2010


you might not want to, Bulbaholic - its gonna be wet and cold over the Bank Hol weekend, lol!

28 Apr, 2010

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