FUCHSIAS 2018

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  1. Mike Allen

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    Thanks for the offer Ricky. I will have to resolve myself to just keeping a few going and hope for the best. Sad to say. My Lily collection has also suffered. Never mind.
     
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      Those that I have left seem to be very slow this season.
       
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        I have tried Voodoo and Texas Longhorn. Can't say I was impressed. I found that you really had to keep up with pinching out etc, also, just my thoughts. My main attraction for fuchsias is of course the they resemble ballerinas, however with the giants I feel the aim has become somewhat like growing the largest onion for the show bench. Come to think of it. I have never seen any of the giants on the show bench.

        It is always good for the enthusiast to try a wide range of named varieties. Continue to enjoy.
         
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          Just to add to varieties already mentioned. Yes, Brutus, Snowcap, oops sorry lost my line of thought.
           
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            I bought Fuchsia 'Insulinde' a few eeks ago and it has romped away in the recent warm weather. Quite a new introduction this looks to have the potential to become the best of the Triphylla group. The flowers are large and it reportedly grows to three or four feet in height..............
            [​IMG]Fuchsia 'Insulinde' by longk48, on Flickr
             
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              I got 5, pots of fuchsias still growing in yard and I agree they are fantastic plants so beautiful also my cyrsantums are blooming dispite the frosty morning
               
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                Some delightful fuchsias on display here. Always a favourite of mine, and a plant with a very interesting history. I'm wondering about its growth habits - when fuchsias are said to flower "on new wood." Does anyone have any photographic demonstrations of this and what it means in practise? For instance, do the new flowers appear on new stems that have grown from between existing leaf buds? And what becomes of the existing flowers - presumably once they have set seed the flowerheads eventually disintegrate? I have never really observed them in minutiae like this but would like to. I am thinking of starting a new horticultural course specifically on fuchsias, so am currently picking up as much info on them as possible.
                 
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                  Hi Simon.
                  So you also have been bitten by the bug. Fuchsias and roses, must be the magnets in the horticultural world. So many of them, and once you have been bitten, then you want to have at least a good collection.

                  Each member here can tell you so much about growing, collecting, cultivating etc. Might I suggest. Get yourself along to your local Fuchsia club. Forget doing a horticultural course of fuchsias. Thankfully the advent of the Internet is of great value. Simply search. Fuchsia growing. I wish you all the best.
                   
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                  Hi,

                  Have you grown them yourself ? nothing to beat first hand experience.

                  If you have somewhere indoors and warmish you can grow them on with the aid of the cheap led grow lights even though these dark winter days.

                  Perhaps still not too late to take cuttings if you have existing plants, easy to root in water or sandy compost and a heated propagator.

                  There are several good looking books out there and some specialist fuchsia forums that have a wealth of knowledge, however its very easy to get caught up in their complex compost mixes and feeding regimes that they use for competition growing, whereas typical diy compost and standard fertilizers will give really good garden /greenhouse displays.


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                  Thanks for the advice. I still intend to do the course though - the discipline and structure of study is quite good for someone of my temperament, which is naturally quite haphazard!
                   
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                    Many thanks! I have actually never grown fuchsias, come to think of it. I do intend to. I notice your avatar says you live near Leeds - so you will be familiar with the climate of the Calder Valley, where I live. Although people do grow fuchsias here, the plants we are mostly associated with are tough alpines, heathers, acid and sand lovers, and plants which thrive in very wet weather!
                     
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                      Ney, you make us sound like we are half way up the Alps ! :biggrin:

                      Fuchsias are such versatile plants, many are tender types that need to be kept indoor/greenhouse during the winter but will also thrive outdoors in the summer in the soil or pot.

                      Theres also a good few hardy varieties like Mrs.Popple, Tom Thumb and even a 'Climber' Lady Boothby which easily grows to 6ft in my garden.

                      Most will survive in normal compost or garden soil and you have a wide choice of upright or trailing types, ideal for hanging baskets or tubs etc.

                      Some pics below of some we grow, although with so many different ones around we try to get a few new varieties each year.

                      Do you have a greenhouse or shed you can use or limited to indoors ?

                      If you just go over the hills to Walsden nr Todmorden you will find Gorgon Riggs garden center by the main road who have an amazing selection of young Fuchsias each spring that will give you an amazing display in summer; the best true garden center for many a mile imho.

                      Left. Lady Boothby, Right Mrs Poole which will flower well in almost full shade/north facing.

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                        Greetings from a dreich day in the Calder Valley. Have just noticed that my neighbours are growing a lovely fuchsia on their border. I will ask them about it and see if I can help care for it, though due to current demands on my time I may wait until the spring before taking any cuttings.
                         
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                          Hi All,

                          No 2019 Fuchsia Thread yet so will have to post here.

                          Wondered what opinion was regarding tender Fuchsias that have been in outdoors in hanging baskets in the summer.

                          I have cut them back and kept them in their baskets in a frost free greenhouse but not sure if its best to take cuttings from them and grow the cuttings on for the summer in new baskets or to use the existing plants again ?

                          If using the old plants is it better to just top dress with some fresh compost or to remove the whole plant and refill the whole basket with new compost ?
                           
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