Fuchsias forum: Fuchsia sources

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jul 15, 2014 1:47 PM CST

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I'm having trouble finding mail-order fuchsias for sale. Earthworks, which used to carry hundreds of cultivars, now seems to have scaled back to almost nothing. Pedricks Corner appears to have been inactive for years now. Joy Creek still offers many cultivars, but I've never had any luck with their fuchsias. The few I've ordered from them have been planted in such a soggy medium that they've succumbed to rot by the time they get here (and they're coming from Oregon, not from the Moon!).

What are your favorite sources? Have you had any luck with Joy Creek's offerings?
Name: Zuzu
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Aug 4, 2014 1:14 PM CST

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Whew! Earthworks is back. I don't know the reason for the lull in the nursery's activity, but it is now offering 105 trailing varieties and 160 upright varieties for sale. I urge you to try this place out. Plant prices and shipping costs are low, and I've never received a bad plant from Earthworks.

http://www.fuchsias.net/zcart/
Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Aug 17, 2014 9:52 AM CST
Zuzu, I got Crosby Seroptomist (sp? Sorry I got it wrong another time) from Fry Road Nursery: Mailing Address:
34989 Fry Road SE
Albany, Oregon 97322 (United States)

Phone: (541) 928 -7038
Fax: (541) 928-7038
Read more: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/6706/#ixzz3AfIS5aSB.

I got several other cultivars last year and the year before. While they don't recommend any of theirs as houseplants, I've been experimenting and have found the Seroptomist and Mrs. Popple to do well indoors, especially if they get a good summer vacation.

I haven't purchased from them this year, but I have no reason to think they have gone down hill. They had an amazing selection, great customer service. The plants were HUGE and healthy. I can recommend them unreservedly.

Mother Raphaela
Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Aug 17, 2014 9:59 AM CST
P.S. In case anyone else is interested in wintering fuchsias indoors: Gartenmeister Bonstedt is another one that does well indoors for us. It is stunning in large pots; we've used several in chapel for Pentecost, all raised indoors during the winter... MR

Name: Zuzu
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Aug 17, 2014 1:21 PM CST

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Thanks for this information, MR. I've been curious about this place. I like the way they list the hardy fuchsias separately from the tender ones. Here's a link to the website for anyone else curious about it.

http://www.storesonlinepro.com/store/2418111/
Name: Jacque
Burton, WA - Old Hippie Heaven (Zone 8a)
jacqueg
Sep 22, 2014 11:53 PM CST
zuzu said:Thanks for this information, MR. I've been curious about this place. I like the way they list the hardy fuchsias separately from the tender ones. Here's a link to the website for anyone else curious about it.

]http://www.storesonlinepro.com/store/2418111/


Fry Road bought Deb and Ron Monnier's stock when the Monniers retired. The Monnier's recommendations for hardy fuchsias came from their real time experience of growing fuchsias outside and seeing which ones actually survived zone 8 winters (Willamette Valley, north of Salem, OR). I don't know whether Fry Road is continuing the trialing or not.

The Monnier's also did some hybridizing, their varieties are listed under the name 'DebRon'.

When I lived in the area, I visited the Monnier;s nursery several times a season, just to watch all those fuchsias. I do miss them.



Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Sep 23, 2014 12:12 AM CST

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Oh, so they're the Deb and Ron of DebRon. That's interesting!

I found another source, which is also in Oregon.

http://www.goodwincreekgardens.com/

They have some nice fuchsias for $5.50, but they're also currently running a 20% off sale, which would bring the price down to $4.40. Just use this code before October 20th: fallsale2014
Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Sep 23, 2014 10:23 AM CST
jacqueg said:
Fry Road bought Deb and Ron Monnier's stock when the Monniers retired. The Monnier's recommendations for hardy fuchsias came from their real time experience of growing fuchsias outside and seeing which ones actually survived zone 8 winters (Willamette Valley, north of Salem, OR). I don't know whether Fry Road is continuing the trialing or not.

The Monnier's also did some hybridizing, their varieties are listed under the name 'DebRon'.

When I lived in the area, I visited the Monnier;s nursery several times a season, just to watch all those fuchsias. I do miss them.


How wonderful that you knew these people! Part of the fascination of plants for me is learning the traditions behind them. So many people have worked to bring us these beautiful plants that were unknown to many of our ancestors. I'm sorry for the American tendency to grow plants without any appreciation for for this -- valuable genetics are being lost (and this is true for livestock as well) because few people care today.

And that is one of the joys for me in discovering ATP this summer -- obviously some people do still care, and it is wonderful to know they are being brought together and encouraged! I tip my hat to you. MR

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