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To trim or not to trim

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 14:44
Verdun wrote (see)

Simply treat the head as you would a fuschia in the  ground.  

So,,either in autumn or in spring cut back hard to framework in the head

No leaves or shoots allowed on the trunk below the head..

Surley you would leave the leaves on until you have attained your height, if the leaves are stripped off before the top is out, surely the plant would die, or dont fuchsias need leaves to survive.

I think I must buy another book on this .

To trim or not to trim

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:52

Strange that you say that, I have 3 books that I learned about fuchsias, they all say that you leave all the leaves on the trunk, just remove the side shoots, then when its 3 inches taller than you want it, you then pick out the top. Removing side leaves is the last process.

In reply to the OP. I dont cut mine down until after overwintering, then just prune back a bit till its the shape you want,

They are a very forgiving plant, make sure you dont put it in a black pot, that will absorb heat and they like their roots cool.


Missing 38 Dahlias

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 18:32

Probably that is so, once the growing shoots of plants are gone, its hard for them to recover. Try digging one up and have a look at the state of the tuber and see if it had made any roots.

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 15:50

I dont think I could leave mine out, they would probaly rot or the slugs would have them before i noticed them


Ivy! Around my tree

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 12:00

Its easy to pull up from the roots if you dont want to use weedkiller, then just keep eye out and nip it in the bud in future

Missing 38 Dahlias

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 11:58

Probably slugs, as soon as the shoots pop up, they have them off. I think its best to start them off in pots and plant out when you have a robust plant.

You could dig one up and look at the tuber, maybe they rotted, its been quite wet in places.


uite wet in places.

Interest fro across the pond.

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 11:47

The whole world could have a profile on Mike by now, we know his name, address email, daughters maiden name, area she lives in grandchildrens names, previous jobs, and now contacted from someone abroad who wants to speak to him, so theres his phone number, not a good idea, rogues build up these profile and its not for friendly reasons.

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:51

You dry them off with the old stalks on, then cut them back to about 2in

ches, then when they are completely dry, store them in newspaper, some peope use that, I keep any old compost from old plant pots dry and store in a cool place, if you havent got a greenhouse or shed, a cold place indoors will do



I would advise only a couple in one pot though, they can grow about 2/3ft tall and quite wide. i only ever put one in a tub and then only in the first year


Out in the garden next year if you can.

You can take cuttings next year for your tubs, when they star shooting.

Cauliflower conundrum

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:33
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Cauli flowers ............... of course, that's what the white 'curd' is - the flower of the cauliflower - break it down into smaller pieces and you have 'florets' 


Now why didnt I know that, and there was me likening it to a blown brocalli head, nice flowers and seeds, perhaps the poster didnt know that either!!

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:27

They grow fantasticly well from seeds but they are a late flowerer, give it time, its got to bloom thats its nature, unless the buds have been destroyed in any way, you will have a lovely show later, they bloom right up until the frost takes them.

Then they will have made a big tuber which you can keep in a frost free place and plant out again next year, where it will be even bigger and better, and which is the best thing, it will be food for even more bees.

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