Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Too late to plant hardy fuchsias in N. Seattle?

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Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Sep 7, 2013 12:12 PM CST
I had a greenhouse built (yeah!) in early summer and went wild with buying plants. My husband loves fuchsias so I bought about 6 hardy fuchsias to go into the ground. But I just haven't had time until now to plant them. They are very healthy and blooming great in the greenhouse, but are in pots and starting to get root bound. I Live in the Lynnwood area of Washington, just north of Seattle. Anyone have advice on whether or not to plant these little guys... or leave them in the greenhouse (and maybe pot them up to bigger pots). Thanks in advance for help! Kelli
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Name: Deb
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Sep 7, 2013 1:13 PM CST
Warm welcome, Kelli. I would put your fuchsias in the ground with a good mulch. Fall is my preferable time to plant just about anything, it gives them a good couple months to settle their roots in before they go dormant, and then they are ready to go in the spring. Mark them well, because hardy fuchsias are really late to emerge in spring - I often think I've lost mine then they pop up much later than anything else. I'm further north than you - about an hour from Seattle.
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Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Sep 7, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Thank you Bonehead (seems weird to say that!), Yes, I have some time and an hour of my husbands time to devote to planting them so I'm thinking I will do that today. I love fuchsias. I'm not native to Washington... from Arizona in fact. But I would come up and visit my grandparents here and I remembered seeing fuchsias and thinking they were too perfect and beautiful to be real... and so I actually thought that people kept plastic hanging baskets full of plastic flowers! I moved here about 20 years ago and eventually realized they were just very beautiful "real" plants. Thanks for your response!
Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Sep 7, 2013 11:55 PM CST
So I decided to plant the hardy fuchsias but have a funny story. I'm just about done and I'm raking the compost I used as mulch... and I'm listening to Ciscoe's podcast on KOMO and one of the questions is about hardy fuchsias! He supported planting now and says his bloom even after thanksgiving. But... I wish I had heard his podcast just 30 minutes prior as he recommended planting them 4 inched deeper than what it was at in the pot. Oh well.... I figure with the compost now and some more mulch when it gets cooler I'll be close to the 4 inches anyway.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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Sep 21, 2013 9:47 AM CST
haha Kelli that is so perfect! I love synchronicity! Totally agree you can just mulch heavier and you'll have the 4 inch depth!
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Name: Rick Corey
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Jan 28, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Welcome Kelli!

I live between Lynnwood and Everett, on Highway 99 about 3 miles from Puget Sound.

>> he recommended planting them 4 inches deeper than what it was at in the pot.

With two rows of bricks, or a wooden board, you could have a "raised bed" ...

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