Fuchsia Gall Mite

Quick facts

Common Name:  Fuchsia Gall Mite

Scientific name:  Aculops fuchsiae

Origin: Brazil

Plants Affected: Garden and Greenhouse fuchsias. The fuchsia magellanica variants seem to be particularly sensitive to the mite.

Early Symptoms: Thickening, distortion, hairiness and possible colour changes.

Main Symptoms: Growth at the shoot tips becomes swollen and distorted, often with a green or reddish discolouration. Flowers are also deformed or fail to develop fully.

Most Noticeable: During May to September/October

Map of reported cases in UK: This online map which is maintained by Derek Luther (of the British Fuchsia Society) highlights cases reported to him across the UK.

Guidance Document: The British Fuchsia Society has issued a guidance document to help you understand more about Fuchsia Gall Mite, which is available to download from here

Reporting: If you believe you have Fuchsia Gall Mite, please report the location and share a photo if possible with British Fuchsia Society and the Royal Horticultural Society who are tracking is progress across the UK. Please do not post plant material.