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The leaves at the bottom on our Fuschia plant have started to yellow. I have heard contradictory advice that either...this is part of the usual process as the plant grows whilst others have said that it could be a watering issue.

The plant gets lots of sun though is a little exposed to wind. We have had some fluctuating weather recently between very hot and pretty cool/wet.

Our plants unfortunately need to thrive through neglect as we are very new to gardening. Please be gentle.enter image description here

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks as if your fuchsia is sitting in a relatively small pot sitting inside a larger one, not actually planted into it. The usual cause of yellowing leaves in pots is insufficient water/constriction at the root, so if I am correct, decant your fuchsia and repot with fresh potting soil into something larger which has drainage holes, and water in well. If the rootball is solid with roots coiled round and round, tease them out a little; unfortunately,its a bit late in the growing season to rake the rootball to loosen it up and cut back the topgrowth by a third, which is what I'd recommend to enourage new growth were it currently May or early June. Fuchsias actually prefer partial shade to full sunlight and they do not like to dry out, preferring moist but well drained soil conditions - if the plant is potbound, the soil to root ratio is wrong and its difficult for the plant to hang on to enough water to remain healthy, even if you water daily.

  • Yes, it's new to the garden and we hadn't got round to moving it to a more substantial pot yet. That's really helpful, thanks for the advice! – Helena Johnson Jul 12 at 16:08

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