Beware the invasion of fuchsia mites

CACTI and succulents was the topic at this month’s meeting of Louth and District Fuchsia Society.

Mr and Mrs Wilson gave an interesting talk on growing these plants as the group met, as always, in Louth’s Salvation Army Centre.

Before the talk, members were reminded to be very vigilant and only access new fuchsia plants from reputable sources because of the invasion from the continent of the fuchsia gall mite which has become established across the southern counties of England.

The mites, for which there is no known control, devastate the plant by preventing the normal development of foliage and flowers.

Being microscopic, they are easily spread by bees, birds and growers themselves.

The group’s next meeting will be on April 2, when there will be a talk entitled Fuchsias my way, by Charles Elliott of Sturton by Stow.

For more information contact Veronica Price on 01526 353071.