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Fuchsia gall mite is was found for the first on the mainland of Britain in 2007. Since becoming established it has become widespread along the south coast and is spreading inland. This pest is no longer notifiable, if found in private gardens.
Common name Fuchsia gall miteScientific name Aculops fuchsiaePlants affected Garden and greenhouse fuchsiasMain symptoms Growth at the shoot tips is swollen and grossly distorted, often with a yellowish green or reddish discolouration. Flowers are also deformed or fail to developMost active May to September
Fuchsia gall mite is a microscopic sap-sucking pest that is specific to fuchsias. It can cause extensive galling and distortion ruining the appearance of fuchsias. Gall mites are tiny sap-sucking creatures that cause a variety of abnormal growths on various plants. Although too small to be seen without a microscope, the galled tissues that they create are often very distinctive and easily recognised.
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Gall mites in general are relatively tolerant of pesticides and home garden products will be ineffective. While this pest remains uncommon in the UK it is better to destroy infested plants to prevent the mite spreading to other gardens.
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