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22/03/2013 at 08:46

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.

22/03/2013 at 08:54

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.

22/03/2013 at 10:04

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.

22/03/2013 at 19:02
Thanks Brumbull. I'll get a plant tomorrow. And follow your advice
23/03/2013 at 07:58

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.

23/03/2013 at 10:46
Think I shall have another go with these.
23/03/2013 at 11:28

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.

25/03/2013 at 14:09
My would be standard snowcap is looking good. Prob about 5" high. Left all leaves, pinched out couple side shoots and, I guess, repot when roots start to show Brumbull..?
04/04/2013 at 15:25
Brumbull roots coming through pot so one size up then.
Did a,standard years ago and snapped when full of flower. Think I rushed it creating too thin a main stem too soon.
Since you are,guaranteeing a show winning standard for me Brum I expect wonderful results this time.!!
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