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Fuchsia sepals not opening right up

Hi there  I have grown Fuchsias for many years (currently over 140 different ones) but I'm  having problems with "Ernie" this year. The sepals are starting to open but then stop. I've grown Ernie before and never had this problem. Ideas please


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,887
    Can you take a photo of the problem?
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fyrecat2fyrecat2 Posts: 3
    Yep , it was raining when I took these so haven't been sprayed 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,887
    I don’t think that’s Ernie,   He’s a red/white single I believe,  but yours looks ok for a double. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 80,440
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • fyrecat2fyrecat2 Posts: 3
    Not sure, bought as Ernie, but all my othet doubles open up well, as I said it opened up last year. I've had to resort to "peeling them open" 
  • I have grown and bred fuchsias for many years now   and on occasion a fuchsia may turn out this way,  the problem is in the genetic breeding,  with wide sepals like this one, sometimes the split in the sepals don't go close enough to the tube,  causing this problem. 

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,863
    My  delta Sara's have gone pink over the last few days .  I assume/ hope it is the weather. 😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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