California fuchsias (Zauschneria "Calistoga") brown in middle
I have a couple of California fuchsias (Zauschneria californica
"Calistoga") that are healthy and blooming but have gone woody and
leafless in the middle (see photos). I planted them last spring, so it's
not that they weren't pruned. Can you help me figure out what's wrong
and how to correct it?
- They were planted near an oak, so getting about five hours of hot
sun during the summer. Too little sun? Competing with oak roots?
Lavenders and a Jerusalem sage in same spot are fine. (As you'll see in
photo, I just potted them up until replanting.)
- Drought stress? Or too much water?
are sending out lots of lateral shoots for new growth. This seems like
the sign of a healthy plant, but is it also a message of discontent if
the main plant is so blasted in the middle? Please help!