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Hi I bought 18 Tiny plugs March 2017 and thinking i would lose half of them .".owing to the fact i have never grew a baby plant before " but they all survived, and as they were still little in june I put 6 of each colour into 3x 50 cm bell pots and they were beautiful all summer and still flowering today 26th Oct.  But now as I have no greenhouse or shed and i have grown to love them can i replant them now into a 60 Cm square x 100 cm tall wooden planter  with new soil and compost?Please help.

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  • I was thinking I have to tell you they are all Hardy and  3  different colours and I was thinking of putting in  one of each colour  in the 6 planters...

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Hi moira.  I have had tiny spring plugs survive the following winter (to my surprise).  Mine were the hardy "Dollar Princess".  They were left outdoors in their pots in a sheltered spot. I didn't prune them back until I saw signs of new growth in the spring, leaving the old stems helps protect from frost damage.

    They were my first fuschias, approx 3yrs old now and still going strong. I ended up planting them out in the garden when they got too big for the pots.

    No expert...still learning image

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Hardy outdoor Fuchsia can go straight into the garden where they will bush up. my oldest one around thirty years is still flowering it stands almost five feet high and around five feet across, the other two around fifteen years old also reach a good height. The top growth is left until spring then cut right back by then it will look almost dead a bunch of dry twigs but as the weather warms you will see the buds on those twigs fatten and grow to come into bloom late July and through until the first frost. 

    The reason I cut back in Spring rather than now is as a frost guard for the root ball, my plants have gone through some bad winters here in the N.E. and always come back stronger each year. The oldest one was a cutting from a very old plant in the first place as were my Peony's I like old fashioned plants. You can put the plants in containers in a sheltered place and leave them until spring, if they look dead believe me they are not, they will awaken again in spring warmth, tough old plants indeed.

    Frank.

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    Fuchsias have lots of  different varieties and vary a lot in how hardy they are. So you really  need the right one for your climate. 

    I  was given a cutting from my mother in laws "family" fuscia years ago  which  grew well in her front garden in Hatfield but I have had to be much more careful with mine up in South Cheshire. I have taken lots of cuttings now. I lost one in the harsh winter and my sister in law had to do me a cutting.

    They can also get very woody stems and then do not flower so well, so renewing them every few years is a good idea .




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Iamweedy, we have a fuchsia nursery up here in the N.E. and the variety is endless, it also means we get plants that are used to our often chaotic weather as the North Sea and Westerly systems fight it out. My plants are well over thirty years old and apart from a good haircut around now and then a trim down in spring that is all I do. My problem is more stopping them taking over the whole garden so they may also get a summer trim. A good mulch once a year some water when it is too dry that is all, they certainly keep the area weed free. A lovely long flowering period in summer and Autumn is my reward and long may that be so.

    Frank.

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