Does your fuchsia plant start wilting because of the scorching sun? Then it’s time you learn how to revive a fuchsia plant from dehydration.
The fuchsia plant is a well-loved plant both in gardening and culinary fields. The main reason why this plant receives much attention is the fact that it is a hybrid plant that blossoms into a flower and has berries that are edible.
While many want to grow this amazing plant, only few are successful in doing so because it can easily wither. Thus, in this article, we will share with you the best practices on how to revive a fuchsia plant that even beginners can easily follow.
Why Are The Fuchsia Leaves Turning Brown?
Before we discuss the steps on how to revive a fuchsia plant, we will first explain the top reasons why its leaves turn brown and withered.
There are two reasons for this: either dehydration or fungal & viral infection.
If the leaves have dots, discolored flowers, or when the roots become mushy, then it is a fungal infection. This type of infection is often caused by overwatering. On the other hand, if the fuchsia plant has spotted and curled leaves and stunted growth, then it is likely suffering from a viral disease.
However, in areas that receive a lot of sunlight, dehydration is a common reason why the fuchsia is wilting.
Because fungal and viral diseases require specific details to determine and address the problem, this article will focus only on how to revive a fuchsia plant that wilted because of the summer’s heat.
How To Revive A Fuchsia Plant From Dehydration
- The first step is to cut the plant back to half its size. According to experts, you can save the worn-out fuchsia by pruning its ungainly shoots.
- Transfer the fuchsia plant into another pot so that you can set the required soil condition for it to grow back. The best pot to use is the one with drainage holes in it.
- Consider changing the soil in the pot as it may already have unbalanced soil chemistry. Make sure the soil is well-treated.
- Then soak the plant in cool water for a long period of time. Soak the plants until it feels heavy again. Make sure to use only fresh water and avoid lukewarm and hot water.
- Next, drain the plant well by letting the water tickle at the bottom of the pot.
- Afterwhich, add fertilizer to the potting soil. The nitrogen fertilizer is a good type to put as it encourages the green vegetative growth of plants. This also helps the plant regain its glory by helping it blossoms again.
- Avoid putting your plant in areas that are directly exposed to sunlight. Bright but indirect light is good enough for the plant as it gradually recovers.
- Also, make sure that the area has good air circulation to allow excess moisture to evaporate, thus keeping the roots healthy and pest-free.
- Regularly check the buds of the fuchsia plant and pinch and cut those that are affected by “bud blight” or blackened buds.
- Water regularly and observe the plant.
What If My Fuchsia Plant Suffer From Pests?
Watch out for pests that usually attack the fuschia plant, such as aphids, scale, spider mites, and thrips. These cause the plant’s leaves to wilt and curl. If this happens, you can introduce natural insects like bugs to help kill these pests. However, make sure these insects are controlled.
But in the case that the pests have already damaged the plant, you can try using insecticidal soap to keep these pests at bay. However, never ever use insecticidal soap on a hot summer day. This is because the chemicals in the soap have a strong component that may burn the leaves of the fuchsia plant, thus causing even more damage.
The fuchsia plant is a stunning plant to grow at home, but this beautiful plant species also needs care and attention.
Now that you are equipped with the knowledge on how to revive fuchsia plants successfully, don’t forget to share this article to help others who experience the same dilemma.