Q Why are my fuchsia flowers clumping together?
MRS H CARRUTHERS, BROADSTAIRS, KENT
Since it arrived in Britain in 2007, fuchsia gall mite has become a serious problem in southern England. These tiny sap-sucking insects infest new growth and, as they feast on the shoot tips, they secrete chemicals that affect flower and leaf formation. Infected plants simply produce a mass of distorted tissue. Cut off the affected shoots and consider replanting with a less susceptible cultivar, such as ‘Cinnabarina’ or ‘Miniature Jewels’.