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Fuchsia blossoms and leaves.

Floriculture and Ornamental Nurseries

Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)

Disease Control Outlines

(Reviewed 3/09, updated 3/09)

In this Guideline:

Disease (causal agent) Symptoms Survival of pathogen and effect of environment Comments on control
Fuchsia rust (Pucciniastrum epilobii) Initially, small brown areas appear on underside of leaves. Later, large circular areas of chlorosis occur and yellow-orange urediospores appear on the underside of leaves. Older leaves may have green tissue around infected areas. Eventually urediospores appear on both sides of leaf. Infected leaves usually drop. Overwinters as teliospores on fireweed or as basidiospores on fir. Urediospores on fuchsia can reinfect fuchsia. Remove fireweed and infected plants. Applications of mancozeb are effective. Avoid wetting leaves. Prune back to stems and remove cuttings. more info *
Fuchsias are also susceptible to crown gall * (Agrobacterium tumefaciens), Verticillium wilt * (Verticillium dahliae), Armillaria root rot (Armillaria mellea), damping-off * (Pythium rostratum, P. ultimum and Rhizoctonia sp.), Phytophthora * (Phytophthora spp.), various viruses * (TSWV), Eriophyid mites, and root knot nematodes** (Meloidogyne hapla).
* For additional information, see section on Key Diseases.
** For additional information, see section on Nematodes.



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UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Floriculture and Ornamental Nurseries
UC ANR Publication 3392
S. T. Koike, UC Cooperative Extension Monterey County
C. A. Wilen, UC IPM Program, UC Cooperative Extension San Diego County
Acknowledgment for contributions to Diseases:
R. D. Raabe, (emeritus) Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), UC Berkeley
A. H. McCain, (emeritus) Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), UC Berkeley
M. E. Grebus, Plant Pathology, UC Riverside

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