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how and when do I transplant a fuchsia riccartonnii?

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 7,927
    How big is it? They are pretty tough plants and quite hard to kill. I would wait until the leaves drop off and it goes dormant, prepare the new planting place, water the plant well the day before, then dig it up and just drop into the new hole. Water it again and keep an eye on it.
  • Thanks for the help.At the moment it's only few inches high,and in a spot which was just somewhere for it to recover from being in the tiny "plastic prison" of a pot it was delivered in while we prepare its' permanent place.
  • Now I think about it,it's probably perfect where it is.I'm in Suffolk,so the weather's mild and the soil's a slightly alkaline clay.The location faces southwest.There's a pink rose about 2 feet away,so the tips of the fuchsia will intermingle with the rose blooms which I think will be beautiful.Decision made-the fuchsia stays where it is! :smiley:
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,904
    I hope it does well for you but I find fuchsias prefer free draining slightly acid soil, hopefully it will cope with your alkaline clay,  lovely for your rose though. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 16,927
    I don't know what they actually prefer but I had 3 planted in alkali clay at my old house, I planted them in the early 90s. I've just bought 6 for my new house, which I plan on planting this afternoon. The soil here is slightly acid clay. I'll dig in a load of compost.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 7,927
    Fuchsias grow well here and we're on alkaline clay so I wouldn't be too worried about soil. They do slightly better with some shade than in a very hot spot.
  • in the morning,the fuchsia will be shaded by my house until roughly 11 am,then from 1 pm (give or take) by the part of my garden I've allowed to grow wild to give the wild birds somewhere to perch.
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