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Fuschias with very few flowers

Ally5Ally5 Posts: 13

We have an old fuschia that has produced very few flowers this year.  It's quite big and bare right the way through it.  Is it possible to rejuvinate it in any way?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,162

    Is it a hardy bush fuchsia  in the ground, or is it in a pot?

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • I grow a lot of Fuchsias and have done for many years,but this year has been the worst that I can remember for lack of flowers,I think it may be because of the extreme heat we have suffered.I would leave your Fuchsia till next spring and when it shows signs of new growth cut it back to about 6 inches from the ground.

     

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I've had exactly the same problem with the hardy ones in the ground in a south facing back garden. I  have one small fushia in a hanging basket which faces north so it doesn't get much sun and this fushia has flowered really well,so I have put it down to the wonderfull amount of sun we have had this year. 

  • Same here too. I have them in Pots, Hanging Baskets and direct in the ground. I thought I had fed them too well as they have made loads of growth but few flowers. Only problem with that theory is that the ones in the ground did not get fed and they are the same. I have grown them for many years and never had a year like it. Mostly grown in dappled shade which they usually love. Thinking of ditching them and buying fresh stock next year. Should I?

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Don't ditch them  Terry as they go on for years - give them a chance next year then perhaps if they fail think of getting new stock.

  • I've been waiting for my faithful ones to bring me my end of season colour & they do not seem to have got going - am relieved to find I'm not the only one experiencing this image

  • I am also relieved that I am not the only one. Thought I had lost my touch. image. I believe that they wre originally an Andean plant (from the lower slopes) so I suppose this summer was not to thier taste

  • Oh, good, an answer to my probs, too. Mine are all half/hardy or tender ones Ithought, although some forgotten ones left in pots and baskets outside came back stronger this yr and gave me loads of lovely cuttings. I bought in Giant ones this yr, as always, for my baskets, and they were Pants this yr! I thought they had come with some bug or virus, but nothing was visible.  However, they were in full sun. All of the others (overwintered, or from cuttings), are fabulous, but they have been in ever increasing shade as the nearby plants have grown.  Last yr, the constant wet cold did for them. They tried to produce flowers, but they all just rotted as they opened, as the rest of the plants throughout the garden. Glad to know it's a common problem.

  • I asked about this a few weeks back, convinced my fuchsia's age had put it past it's best before date, so am glad to hear the heat is to blame. I'd not even considered that! It's hugely leafy and has grown really well, but failed to flower, which seemed very odd to me! I shall let it live another year!

    I thought another of my fuchsias had suffered the same problem - all leaf and no flower - until I visited my neighbour and noticed all the flowers are on her side, poking through the wire fence!

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    After posting a month ago on this thread that I had no flowers on my hardy fushias either Ally, I now find they are flowering  -  pic taken this afternoon.  A bit late and I hope they don't get too damaged with all this wild weather they are forecasting for the next few days

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