Thanks drtdgr, I went down that list one by one but when I got to my search of spider mites, I found some other images of a fuchsia infected with gall mites. The images and description were almost identical to my problem so I proceeded from there. Gall mites are microscopic so that would explain why I never saw anything on the plant. Apparently gall mite can be spread from fuchsia to fuchsia via the hummingbirds that are quite prevalent in our area. Some have gone as far to say you should dig up and burn the plant. Some have been successful with treatment options. I am going to try the latter and see how it goes. It's a four day treatment (that goes along with the mites lifecycle) with 3 thorough applications daily. I haven't decided which treatment I am going to use but Sevin, Isotox Insect Killer by Ortho and Bayer Rose Advance are some that have been recommended.
Thank you so much for your help, it would have taken forever if I had never searched spider mite, I just assumed it wasn't that since I never saw anything on the plant.
I will post my progress if anyone is interested. I am look forward to seeing what happens, I haven't had this plant for 4 years to give up on it now.
Hi Pixie, you and I are quite close...practically neighbors! I work at a local nursery and I can tellyou that Fuchsia Gall Mite can be awful in this area. Over the last 15 years or so it has GREATLY reduced the number of Fuchsias available in the trade.
The Bayer Systemic would seem to work good, but then I wonder what will happen to hummers and other pollen seeking creatures. For that reason I would reccomend the trimming back and applying Sevin every 4 weeks. I need to investigate Spinosad, an organic pesticide, to see if it would work too.
Thanks for the reply. I was getting worried so I went ahead and removed ALL the leaves since it was probably 75% infected. I already started the Sevin treatment, we will see how it goes. I am spraying 3x a day, for four days-on recommendation from another gardener. Bayer and Ortho products worry me when it comes to hummingbirds/butterflies, etc. I am also spraying the surrounding bed with a 1-4 alcohol/water mix. I will read into Spinosad and see what I find, thank you for commenting and the recommendation!
So glad the leaves are growing back. What zone are you in?
ALL my fuchsias are goners, I think. I still haven't pulled them up, just in case. If nothing appears out of the dirt by Dec., I think I'll declare them deceased... Janet
I am in zone 9b. At first they wouldn't sprout but then I nipped off the end of a couple of branches and that sent them growing. My fuchsia will be happier when fall comes I hope. I will have to keep an good eye on them until next spring.