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Growing Fuchsias as Standards

By midnight21
June 27, 2015

Start with a cutting that still has its growing tip. Put in a small cane to support it as it grows. Keep potting on so that it does not get pot-bound.

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Name: Donna King
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donnabking
Jun 27, 2015 8:17 AM CST
John, are these plants easy to root? I love them! Can't tell you how many baskets of them I have bought, and apparently they are hard to grow too, as despite my best efforts, they always die in a couple of months. I've been told it's our hot humid West Tennessee weather? I don't know? I just know I just never make it with them very long. Ant suggestions?
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HollyAnnS
Jun 27, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Donna pretty sure it is the heat, they really like cooler temps, if you keep them well shaded they may last longer.
Looking forward to hear what John has to say.
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jun 27, 2015 10:22 PM CST
Yeah I kinda figured the heat. Yes, will be interesting to hear John's thoughts.
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Name: John
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midnight21
Sep 9, 2015 4:52 AM CST
Donna

Sorry it has taken so long in answering, but as you might have noticed, have not been at my best. With the growing of them, remember where most grow. On the wooded hillsides of the Andes mountains, so fairly cool, moist conditions. If you can mimic this in some way, then you can grow them, and they will live for years. Tryphilla varieties will tolerate sun more than the other types, so you could try these. As long as they have a bit of shade during the day you might get away with the heat. As for cuttings, I fear you will have a bit of trouble with the heat. You could try if you have a really shady spot. If I get a bit of time one day I will try to do an article on taking cuttings. Hope this helps a bit.

John
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Sep 9, 2015 5:11 AM CST
I just got back from a trip to Alaska and Vancouver. Talk about cool, moist conditions. Several of the gardens we went to had Fuchsia Standards and they were big 3 to4 ft tall with woody stems 2 inch or more thick. This isn't one of the best we saw as far as blooms but look at that trunk and branching.
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Name: John
St.Osyth Nr Clacton on Sea. E
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midnight21
Sep 9, 2015 2:32 PM CST
Hi Holly

Fuchsias this size are the norm over here Holly. I will try to remember to take a picture of a couple of mine and send them.

John
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Sep 12, 2015 6:23 PM CST
Thank you so much John! Your input was most helpful & appreciated ! I am so sorry you have been under the weather. I hope things look up soon and you are right as rain. Look forward to your article & pix.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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