How do you care for fuchsias?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 26 March 2014 10:29 am

Pot up the fuchsia plug plants into 9-10cm pots (3½-4") a multipurpose compost would be suitable. Grow on the plants in a greenhouse or conservatory maintaining a minimum temperature of 10ºC (50ºF), mist with water during hot, dry spells. Provide some shade from bright sunshine. As they develop further pot on into 12cm (5") pots.

If the plants have not been stopped, pinch out the tip of the main stem when they are approximately 7.5cm (3″) tall. Resulting side shoots should be stopped to the second pair of leaves. A third stopping can take place again on the resulting side shoots and this will produce a bushy well shaped plant. Single flowered varieties will start flowering approximately 60 days after the final stop, semi double varieties after 70 days and double varieties after 80 days.

The plants can be moved outdoors into containers on the patio or planted in the border at the end of May or early June once the danger of frost has passed. Trailing varieties can be planted into hanging baskets. Water liberally during dry weather, and give fortnightly feeds with a balanced liquid fertilizer throughout the growing period. Regular dead heading and removal of any berries will encourage further flower production.

Tender varieties should be lifted and potted up before the first frosts and over-wintered in a greenhouse or conservatory, at a minimum temperature of 5ºC (41ºF). Rest the plants during the winter, but do not dry them off completely. Occasional watering may be necessary to prevent the compost from becoming dust dry. In spring prune back the plants to strong new shoots

In the autumn hardy varieties should be given a mulch of organic material such as leaf-mould or well-rotted garden compost to give added protection from frost. After the risk of severe frost has passed in March, remove the protective covering and prune all shoots back to near soil level where new shoots can be seen.

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