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Fuschia Standard creation

Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

i just came across this on the web and think ill have a go to train as a standard

i currently have many cuttings of fuschias on the go but may buy a nicer one to create a large standard

my question though, i saw to train up a cane to go straight but youtube video advises to leave side leaves and other info advises to remove

i presume ok to leave side leafs as long as dont branch? and leave until desired height to help thicken up the trunk?

any other tips on how to do and when to start if from cuttings?

im thinking the amount of succesful cuttings i seem to be making i could do a few dotted around the garden

i have my eye on a delta sarah



  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    maybe a better guide below

    could buy the plant now and aim to take cuttings from it next spring and for them to be trained into the standard

    Last edited: 28 July 2016 14:16:50

  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619

    I might be wrong but aren't all standard Fuchsia's frost tender?  I've never understood the point of them with that in mind, Delta's Sarah is hardy variety so why change that?

    Good luck though, I've always fancied trying grafting but not been brave enough yet.  Good choice with Delta's Sarah it's one of my favourites.

  • The standards tend to be the more vigorous and tender varieties, plus that amount of clear stem is prone to frost damage all the way up, so standards aren't good at over-wintering.  Lovely things, though, as a family, so good luck. Just be prepared for the cold weather.  I've grown some 'Blackie' this year, which I love for its dark 'skirt' and 'Army Nurse', which looks just as it's described. 


  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    i can over winter in my garage that has a window so should hopefully be ok for frosts

    i seem to be trying most things and obviously as i bonsai ive learnt the principles of pruning and shaping etc.

    its another project idea... im sure the wife will be pleased with another garden project keeping me busy

    current project is a 3" apple air layer, almost fully rooted and ready to cut off the 9foot tree.  strawberry field.  bonsai's, rockery.  maybe grafting soon. lots of cuttings growing and now thinking of many standards to create

    im finding conflicting advise on when to start but i think ok to start from autumn cuttings that will be ready to train by spring.  but maybe just buy the plant in 9cm plant now and just start straight away, but lots of sun could try and flower immediately?

     just would be nice if i could start a couple from the main plant

  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    oohh just found a delta on ebay near where i live and looks like i could take good cuttings from immediately and thus start the process asap

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