I am storing my fucshias in a heated greenhouse for the winter,is it ok to put them under the staging or do the need light?
Have you removed the leaves?
-no they don't need light until you bring them back into growth.
Remember that fuchsias were discovered br Mr FUCHS hence the spelling. I reduce all of the stemms to about 4" or 5", strip off all leaves and flowers, then store under the greenhouse staging with a layer of bubble wrap or fleece over the top. My greenhouse is a cool greenhouse.
What are stemms?
The things that the leaves grow out of !
No it isn't-surely- it is the things the leavves grow out of !
Maybe I'm doing things wrong but all I do is reduce the height of the stems but never strip the leaves off . I just let them drop off naturally but I do remove any late flowers or buds that form. Have you considered making standards out of them ? I do this every year for friends and family - they are really easy to do
Shame on you Graemegarden, behave, have you forgotten when you first started this gardening lark you were nurturing weed seedlings and digging up flower seedlings?
You could be discouraging the next AT !!
Jean I would love to have a standard fuchsia, how do you do it?
i have a brugmansia which i have brought in for the winter can anyone tell me if i should prune it ?
They are really easy ,Kate. You start off with a cutting of an upright fuchsia (although I have experimented with a trailing one ) Try and find the straightest one you can but don't pinch out the growing tip as it needs to grow upright rather than bush out. let it grow to about 6 inches and tie it to a thin cane gently so it is as straight as possible . As it grows rub out the sideshoots near the bottom of the whip but leave the ones near the top as they will form the head, Just carry on tying in and removing lower side shoots from the whip until you reach the height you want. you can then start pinching out the sideshoots at the top of the plant when they have 2 or 3 pairs of leaves but don't let it flower in it's first year. The stem will eventually go woody and you can then remove any leaves left on the main stem if they haven't dropped off.
Hope this makes sense Kate, I've been doing them for years and they are really easy. You can have a quarter standard , a half standard , and a full standard . it depends on how big you want it to grow. You can use this method for other plants as well but I have only grown the fuchsia standards,