Re: Fuschias care

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Posted by chantelle goats on May 30, 2003 at 11:08:35:

In Reply to: Fuschias care posted by Eileen on May 25, 2003 at 07:18:10:

: I just got a fuschia and it's not looking good already. I have it hanging in an east window and have sprayed the leaves with plant food.
: The soil this plant came in seems heavy and stays wet forever. The leaves are turning yellow and the buds are just withering away.
: Doesn't this sould like I should repot in a lighter potting soil that will not stay wet so long?

reply-- The fuschia plant does not require much water, if the leaves are beginning to turn a yellow colour, this usually means that you are watering it too much. I would let the soil dry out and then begin to water it every second day or when the plants soil begins to feel dry and it is really thirsty. It is usually not a good idea to take the plant out of its original potting soil because it has already established itself and you could send the plant into "shock" and further damage it. Also because you have sprayed the plant with plant food, this could also be a sign of the plants damage, most of the time the nurseries will give the plant enough plant food to last it through a season and if you add more you can burn the plant. Try to give it a break from all of the water, no more plant food and dehead the flowers every few days ( so the plants dying flowers are not vying for water also) deheading is when you pull off the withered flower heads and if all of this doesn't seem to be working in a few weeks repot in a lighter soil "miracle grow" seem s to work best..
Good luck?

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