Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:06
Chris. You say that you have 'attempted'to grow standard Fuchsias. Briefly. Growing standards, quarter, half or full. The stem needs to be supported to a cane, so as to keep it as straight as possible. Throughout it's growing life. All side leaves etc must be removed. The topmost leaves remain until the required height is attained. Then the tip should be pinched ouy. Now branching will take place. It is from now on, that you shape the plant. As with general pinching out, basically the same principal applies. Say every fourth pair of leaves, pinch out or stop. Given time a reall good head will be obtained. Trimming as some call it, is simply a means by which you get rid of weak straggly growth and any dead bits. Removing leaves prior to winter storage. A matter of choice. I keep mine growing all through the winter.