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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 12:44 PM CST
I bought this plant a few days ago at a farm and ranch store with a garden/nursery area, and it had no tag on it. I have no idea what it is, and no one at the store knew either. The blooms are a little past prime, but hopefully they are still in good enough shape to get an ID. Any suggestions?

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2016 1:22 PM CST
Ah-oh! You pruchased a Fushia. It will never survive your winters in the ground. If you have room for a winter houseplant, pot it up.
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Jun 18, 2016 1:40 PM CST
It looks more like Phygelius capensis.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jun 18, 2016 2:25 PM CST

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Sue's right. It's not a fuchsia.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2016 4:26 PM CST
That looks more like it. Cape Fuchsia, not fuchsia Fuchsia. Can't spell either. Smiling

The bad news is still the same - I can't think of anyplace in Idaho this plant would live outside.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jun 18, 2016 4:34 PM CST

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Not necessarily bad. Most of them are hardy to zone 7 and some are even hardy to zone 6.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 8:23 PM CST
@kniphofia

Sue, thanks so much for the ID! I would have never guessed that! I'm not sure that I've ever seen a Cape Fuchsia in person before, and now I have one! Hurray!

I'm hopeful that it will survive. I noticed just a few minutes ago that the little pot was inside another pot, and when I removed it, there was the name of the nursery that grew it! I'll give them a call on Monday to see if they can provide more information. The nursery is in the Spokane area, which is much colder than I am, and it was being sold as a perennial. I know that doesn't mean that it will be a perennial for me, but I have high hopes that it will do okay. I live in a somewhat warm zone compared to most parts of the state. Most people think that North central Idaho is frozen solid during Winter, but that isn't the case where I live. My elevation is only 1,750 feet, and I'm on the South facing side of a river canyon, which really helps!

The best part is that I only paid $1 for the plant, so if it doesn't make it, no big loss! I'll probably plant it up against our shop, which will provide it with extra warmth during the winter, and I'll hope for the best!

Thank you all for the help! It's truly appreciated!
Natalie
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2016 8:49 PM CST
I give. Where do you live? North Central Idaho. Salmon? Challis? Arco?? Apparently a banana belt. Smiling
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 18, 2016 8:59 PM CST
It's gorgeous & I'm jealous!!!!!

I know nothing, nothing at all about these plants but that stem looks like it's a natural for cutting off & sticking in soil & rooting. Anyone? I'm all ears!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Yes, all that. Plant the runners (yes, they do that), take tip cuttings. Easy to grow. Now, to find a plant.....
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 9:40 PM CST
Daisy, I'm between Lewiston and Orofino, just above the Clearwater River, and we're in a banana belt.

Ann, I know nothing at all about them either! I can't remember even hearing about them until today, so I have a lot to learn! I'm totally familiar with regular Fuchsia's, and I didn't realize that there were any others than what my grandmother grew. She had Fuchsia trees, for lack of a better term! I think she bought them as potted plants before I was born, and stuck them in the ground, and they grew about 8 to 10 feet tall. I've never seen any others like hers, and I sure do miss them.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 18, 2016 10:13 PM CST
Hi Natalie. Check out this 10 ft grower.

http://www.finegardening.com/fuchsia-fuchsia-magellanica

and you may find others in this link

http://www.nwfuchsiasociety.com/hardies/hardyfuchsias.htm
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 10:13 PM CST
I just had to post this picture of my uncle in front of one of Grandma's Fuchsia trees! This wasn't even the big one, but it was big!

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At least I know now that Cape Fuchsia is in no way related to these other Fuchsia's. That makes me less worried about them surviving!
Natalie
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 10:14 PM CST
@Moonhowl Jean, we cross posted. Thanks for the links!
Natalie
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 18, 2016 10:19 PM CST
You are most welcome. From what I read, the shrub fuchsias are hardy zones 6 to 9. and the first link says that one has a number of cultivars. Seems like you could have your picture taken in front of one in your yard...make it a family tradition.. Green Grin!
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 10:19 PM CST
Jean, that was great information! I need to find a spot at my house for one of them! I'm seriously lacking on shade here, and we can get blazing hot in the summer, but I'm determined now! Thanks!
Natalie
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 10:19 PM CST
Cross posted again! Rolling on the floor laughing
Natalie
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 18, 2016 10:21 PM CST
@Natalie my pleasure. fingers crossed there is a heat resistant one also. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 18, 2016 10:41 PM CST
Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! I'd be so excited about that! I may have even found a spot! Hurray!
Natalie
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 18, 2016 10:45 PM CST
Thumbs up Good luck. Smiling

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