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Many years ago I was growing a fuchsia cutting and I'd taken it from a friends plant with the intention of growing it as a standard - it was doing really well and I was very proud of it, even if it was still only very much a cutting - a friend of (ex) OH came around and OH showed him the cutting I was so proud of and he reached out his hand and said .... "You should've nipped the tip out .... like this"
OH thought it was very kind of his friend to pass on his expertise like that as obviously I didn't know what I was doing
ooh NO ! yes Dove he could not of known you were growing as a standard ? never take the growing tip out until it has reached the desired height
Hi Brumbull i whould be very interested on how u do your standard fuchsia as i fancy having a couple.
A few minutes afterwards he said, 'Unless you want to grow it as a standard you should always pinch the growing tips out." He was a right Knowitall in every direction.
Dove think everybody knows someone like that but it's great when they do something wrong the look on there face is funny.
OOOOhhhhhhhhhhhh i can appreciate you was not happy Dove !
Iam going to respond by doing a complete breakdown of how i actually grow my own standards - but for now, firstly pick your variety of fuchsia - good bush type BUT any fuchsia is possible to be grown as a standard, you need the main growing tip of the plant intact - this will be your main growing stem, if you can pick a plant with 3 leafs this will be better in the long run - as they produce a better shaped head, once you have picked your variety of fuchsia pot up ( i use a mixture of John Innes No3 and a good Multi purpose compost - again i use Erins Excel for fuchsia growing) DO NOT pot into a too bigger size pot, steadily increase - "3" - "4" etc, do not exceed a 10 inch pot, make sure you support your plant at the earliest opportunity - i use a simple cane until the plant matures when i change to a metstake (will cover this in another article) PLEASE REMEMBER THIS RULE - remove side shoots but DO NOT remove leafs that are attached to the main stem - your plant will grow and grow, keep tying in main stem at intervals remembering not to tie in to tight, give the main stem room to breath (so to speak) when, the bottom four sets of leafs below the growing tip should be carefully monitored - dont remove the side shoots from these as eventually they will produce the head of the plant.
Verdun purchase a nice healthy plant, you can use a plug, i have grown a 4ft standard from a single two leaf cutting ! but a nice healthy young plant is what you need, there are varieties that form standards better than others for various reasons which if required i can cover in seperate thread, anyway any info you need regarding fuchsia growing i will be more than happy to help you, i have quite a few standards which i have brought through the winter, all my standards are at present in FULL leaf.
I can cover in a seperate thread the way to grow on your standard once you have choosen the desired height.
Hope this helps, let me know how you get on mate
Getting back to the question of a hardy future, I have a variegated magellanica which has survived outside for 5 or 6 years despite winters down to -25C. It's in a well drained spot in fertile soil and gets full sun in spring and then is shaded in summer.
It can be late getting going again after a very hard winter but it does survive and I dare say if I gave it more TLC would recover faster.
Reading this has given me enthusiasm. I think I will give it a go.I think that all the fuchsias I have have already been pinched out so I will have to start by taking a cutting and hope it roots.
Quite easy to root, you can even take a cutting and place in a bit of water in a small container (try and make sure you have a bit of stem "1" or so ) you can pot straight up, if you choose to pot up into a good quality compost place a polythene bag over the pot for 10 days then remove, this will also work.
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Getting back to the question of a hardy future, I have a variegated magellanica which has survived outside for 5 or 6 years despite winters down to -25C. It's in a well drained spot in fertile soil and gets full sun in spring and then is shaded in summer. It can be late getting going again after a very hard winter but it does survive and I dare say if I gave it more TLC would recover faster.
I beleive there are four varieties that belong to the magellanica family, the type you have is particular strong variety, i have grown this as standard in the past and even taken it to a show, you have yours in ideal conditions though.
Why has fuchsia become future in my post? Mystery.
I have some more tender fuschias a friend gave me and I've overwintered those under a skylight in an attic that doesn't get below -5C and they're looking very sad. i think we'll have to have a chat about being positive.
what is the actual temperature
Good hardy Varieties: Army Nurse, Celia Smedley, Chillerton Beauty, Dollar Princess, Falklands, Phyllis and Snowcap to name a few. These are the ones I would not be without.
Very easy to do Bunny - I make them all the time for people - will post a photo of mine when it's up and running.
There is a photo of mine somewhere on this site from last year.
Received an email from specialist fuchsia nursery yesterday evening informing me that my recent order is delayed due to this damm weather ! - then again space is becoming a problem it may be that i decide to heat greenhouse after all - well frost free that is