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Hey everyone, new poster here , I recently bought a Thalia and am wondering what the best way to treat this plant would be?
When in flower it's beautiful and about the only Fuchsia I like, but I'm wondering if I should just stick it in the ground and treat it like an annual, keep it inside in a warm sunny spot all year or give it the best possible outside conditions?
I'm in the south-east.
In future I'll be reading the backs of plant labels properly.
Thalia fuchsias are lovely - it will be fine in the garden or a pot during the Summer but will need taking inside over Winter.Cuttings root easily so you could take some as a backup for next year - hope this helps
Thanks Pam, where do I over winter the cuttings? Would it have to be indoors or would a cold frame do the job?
Thalia is quite frost-tender, so it would be better indoors.
I took cuttings from mine last year and kept them in a greenhouse over winter. I put a top layer of grit over the soil to help prevent mould. Good luck they are beautiful.
I keep my plant which I have had for about 4 years in a 10in pot. Before the first frosts of winter I move it into my unheated, south facing conservatory, until after the spring frosts. By the spring it is looking a bit jaded but after a good feed and a couple of weeks of sun/warm it is fine
But I also have a query. I stress this is not a wind up indeed I have photographs to prove if necessary but mine is in flower 365 days a year and has been ever since it was given to me. Last spring it produced a ? sucker which I removed and planted in a separate pot. In June it started to flower and is still flowering - chip off the old block? Seriously though all I read suggests a summer to autumn flowering period and I cannot find any reference to a propensity to flower continusoly! Have I freak or is this common for Thalia's
You can keep them going in a conservatory Mike, I keep all my new cuttings, (previously taken Sep/Oct time, ) in my conservatory, there is about 100 + in there at the moment, including 3 standards just on the go.
Do you check for vine weevil, they love fuchsias?
Look after it Leggi, they are truly beautiful and rewarding plants.