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Thank you all for your advice and I've done the thumb test today and there's still signs of life in all of them....Phew what a relief!
Brumbull I'll give dipping a go. Does it only work on Fuchsias?
Joe4eyes No I didn't wrap the pots but I'll do it next winter as I reckon I've been lucky this year.
What a good idea to take cuttings. I never thought of that...Doh I'm not blonde for nothing you know
Brumbull- this dipping should it be done in autumn or could it be done now?
I have always done this at the end of the season puely because i intended to store quite a few plants indoors - Standard Fuchsias being the main, so yes its a Autumn procedure, a good friend of mine who shows and grows fuchsias made a step by step DVD about this - its relatively straight forward though.
brumbull interesting tip with the jeyes there.. i have had them in my primulas this year.. so wonder if i can dip them in the solution or not..
will look this up
OKAY fuchsia growers .......... here is another tip (which i will put onto the TIP thread) when you are growing standard fuchsias you may be aware that a sudden gust of wind can blow your plant over and possibly damage ?
I tend to use a piece of cut off terracotta drain (just slightly bigger than the pot) this acts as an anchorage for your pot ....... pop your plant inside the drainpipe cut off so in turn does not blow over i tend to use at least a 8/12 inch piece of drain
TIP -: for growing fuchsias from tip cuttings, my personal formula, when you take your tip cutting use a sharp knife (better still craft blade, please be careful) take your tip and make sure you have a clean cut, place this into a "3" pot or equivalent - you should get a few in the pot, i use seed compost for rooting the tip, here's the tip, after you have watered in your tip cuttings USE a plastic pint pot to cover the pot giving a better alternative to a plastic bag
Twisted stem fuchsia coming along nicely ........ oooh, will he or wont he ! that is the question ..
Bought new fuchsias today Mandarin Cream,Dorothy Clive,Patricia Hodge,and Cascade and also one £100 in garden vouchers today in a competion .
Scotkat how lucky to win £100 in garden vouchers- enjoy spending them