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ChrisHicks
Jul 24, 2017 3:35 PM CST
I have many buds on the plant but they never open. I feed about 2x per month, water every day as it has been triple digits the last few weeks. They are in approx 8 hours of sun a day....too much?
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DaisyI
Jul 24, 2017 4:09 PM CST
Welcome!

What do the buds do? Keep getting bigger? Brown and dry up?

That's quite a bit of sun for a Fuschia - usually they appreciate shade in the afternoon.
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ChrisHicks
Jul 24, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Yes. But I don't see the fallen buds in the pot either. They just always look like this. It's also near the bird feeder so I don't know if there are birds that eat these blooms....I moved it to an afternoon-shady spot and see how it does. Everything is struggling in this heat and drought even when watering every day
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ChrisHicks
Jul 24, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Thank You!
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JuneOntario
Jul 25, 2017 7:12 AM CST
I'd really like to know the answer to this question, because one of my three fuchsias is also producing masses of buds that never open. It gets sun half the day (it was getting morning sun to begin with, then I moved the pot to see if it preferred afternoon sun). It is in the same potting soil and gets the same watering and feeding as my other two fuchsias (one outdoors, one indoors), and they are both flowering normally. Temperatures here have been mostly below normal, 70 to 80F daytime & in the 60's F at night, with high humidity. My problem fuchsia is labeled 'City Lights'. I assume it is a new hybrid because the label shows "TM" after the name. @ChrisHicks , do you know the name of the fuchsia that you are having trouble with?
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TennesseeDave
Jul 25, 2017 7:43 AM CST
I keep my fuschia in bright shade and it's doing well. In past years I have had them out where they get more sun and they did not do well for very long. This one is blooming beautifully and looks very well even after a house wrens used the plant and container for a nest to raise 4 little wrens.
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plantmanager
Jul 25, 2017 9:19 AM CST
I love them, but have never lived where they would do well. We used to go to Germany and we noticed that most homes had window boxes full of them. Their weather was cool and humid with not much full sun. The plants grew beautifully everywhere.
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JuneOntario
Jul 25, 2017 2:49 PM CST
I have been growing fuchsias for many years and I know that they do not like hot sun. As my summer is usually quite hot, I grow fuchsias outdoors in baskets that hang in shade except for a few hours every morning, and in pots on a north-facing windowsill indoors. I over-winter the plants indoors in a cool room. This summer has been great for my fuchsias, with below-seasonal temperatures and many overcast days, and all three of my plants are healthy and covered in leaves and flowers. However, ONE of my plants - a new one I bought this spring - is refusing to open its flowers. The buds just sit on the plant, closed up, until they get old and drop off. I don't want to hijack Chris's thread, but we seem to have the same problem, even though our fuchsias are growing in different climates. I'm wondering if the 'City Lights' trademarked hybrids might be prone to this non-opening-bud problem. If so, it's not worth growing!
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plantmanager
Jul 25, 2017 7:01 PM CST
That's an interesting idea, June, and don't worry about hijacking. It's all relevant.
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ChrisHicks
Jul 25, 2017 8:34 PM CST
I will check tomorrow to see what variety it is. Sorry for you all, but glad I'm not alone.
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ChrisHicks
Jul 27, 2017 10:59 AM CST
The tag just says "hybrid". I'll try to keep moving it around to see if it makes a difference. Thanks to all for your input. If someone discovers something miraculous, please let me know....they are such pretty flowers!
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JuneOntario
Jul 27, 2017 12:24 PM CST
I've been searching the Internet for anything on this problem, and the consensus seems to be nobody knows for sure, but it might be temperature-related. It appears that some hybrids have less heat-tolerance than others. I think your idea to keep moving the plant around is a good one, Chris. I've tried indoor windowsills facing north, east, and west, and now my problem plant is going outside into a shaded, breezy position in the hope that cooler night temperatures and air movement will stimulate the blooms to open. Crossing Fingers!
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JuneOntario
Aug 11, 2017 8:23 AM CST
@ChrisHicks
Hi Chris! Did your reluctant fuchsia finally open its buds?
Mine did after about a week of breezes and lower night-time temperatures outdoors. Or it could have responded to my threat that it would go onto the compost heap if it didn't bloom. Now that I have flowers, I'm not sure I like them - they stick out at odd angles instead of hanging down!

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plantmanager
Aug 11, 2017 9:10 AM CST
June, I love your plant. I've never grown it because no one sells them near me. I guess I should give them a try.
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ctcarol
Aug 11, 2017 3:13 PM CST
The reason they're not sold there is that they don't do well in hot, dry climates.
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ChrisHicks
Aug 11, 2017 3:48 PM CST
They are such pretty flowers! Moving it has not made A difference yet...the buds get big and turn brown and fall off. There are multitudes of the buds. It's heartbreaking.
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plantmanager
Aug 11, 2017 6:04 PM CST
I agree about that, Carol, but I wanted to try it in my greenhouse where it's got a lot of humidity.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 11, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Sorry to hear that your fuchsia is still being stubborn, Chris. I think what did the trick for mine was reducing its night-time temperature. Can you put yours somewhere that gets mostly shade during the day and a cool breeze at night? Give it at least a week in those conditions and keep your fingers crossed!
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ctcarol
Aug 11, 2017 7:53 PM CST
I don't know what your temps are like, Karen. Near the beach, where it's always humid and temps don't vary much, they were easy to grow. 10mi. inland, I've tried, and failed for the most part. Some of the shrubby ones will last for awhile, in the right spot, but the basket types fail miserably.
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plantmanager
Aug 11, 2017 9:11 PM CST
I imagine you're right about it. My greenhouse never goes below 60 in winter, but it has been to 103 in summer, and unless I can find a way to keep it cooler, the fuchsia probably would croak. When we used to visit in Germany, everyone there grew them outside in window boxes. Their summers were relatively cool
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