Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Fuchsias are a very popular plant in our area and were in every garden and hanging from every balcony in the seventies and eighties. They fell out of favor somewhat when the dreaded fuchsia gall mite invaded our area and infected many of them, leaving gnarly twisted new growth and stunted plants. Since then many of the hybrids that were susceptible have disappeared from nurseries with the more resistant varieties remaining. This particular one has lived for the past ten years in my front shade garden in Laguna and although it does get gall mite every spring I am able to keep it in check by removing and discarding the effected new-growth foliage every year.