Fuchsia help! Beginner...
Rob Lockwood Posts: 349
We're looking at buying a couple of fuchsia plants, but know very little about them. 3 main questions, but any advice gratefully received... We saw a stand by Potash Nurseries at last year's Chatsworth show, so are basing these basic questions on their site:
1) How hardy are they when NOT planted in the ground? Would they overwinter in the house where there isn't a lot of light? What do any fans on here do to look after them? Do they do well enough in hanging baskets?
2) Are cuttings relatively easy to take to try to avoid losing them?
3) The above site sells "young plants in 6cm pots" - how long do they take to reach full size and am I likely to find more mature specimens anywhere?
Hardy ones can survive uk winters, half-hardy need frost free shelter. Do you know which type the ones you were looking at were?
I have hardy ones in pots and in the ground, simply prune off the old stems when they start shooting again in spring (after the risk of hard frosts has passed) and they bush back up again. I've tried overwintering half-hardy in the greenhouse with varying success, so usually take cuttings and try to keep them ticking over on a windowsill.
I've found fuschia cuttings strike very easily in a glass of water. @Lyn is the forum expert who taught me how and gives great fuschia tips and advice.
I do know of people without a greenhouse who winter outside by mounding up soil, straw or wrapping in fleece, as long as the roots don't get frosted or sodden they should do ok. Have never tried cuttings.
This fuchsia is Churchill which was a plug plants in a little tiny container (think about the size of an egg cup) for the garden club summer competition last year. I fed it and potted it on all summer and kept pinching out the growing tips until about August and by that time it was about 45cm tall. After the competition at the end of September I put it in the unheated conservatory and more or less ignored it until early February. All the leaves had fallen off so I cut it back to about 15 cm and started watering about once a week, it has been potted on again and as you can see is flowering beautifully. I will put it outside when the nights get a bit warmer and I guess it will need feeding. I have never grown a fuchsia before so I am quite pleased with this but I didn't win the competition! Maybe I'll do better with this year's pelargonium.