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Standard Swingtime Fuchsia


By Scotkat


Found 3 leaves on my swingtime fuchsia ,so now its the making of a standard fuchsia.

Added a BQ stick to keep it straight and shall keep growing untill required stem length before I make head.

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Thats something I have never tried. Will give it ago Thanks

13 Apr, 2009


Your welcome if you want can help you at differnt stages.

13 Apr, 2009


See my blog on Fuchsias as I've grown a lot & have two on my balcony that are into their 4th year!

Just today I found some more photos I took of my Fuchsias. I have them come up every year. :)

13 Apr, 2009


Thanks yes saw your fuchsias well done.

I belong to our local fuchsia society and was tought best to look for a tip with 3 leaves to start your standard but do can does work as you have done.

As your standard is growing up the stem to keep straight and not bend tie with rafia or soft string as you go up.

Pinch out side shoots but leave all leaves on stem as this still gives feed to fuchsias untill you shape head.

Shall come back to that later.

Feed with tomatoe feed.

Shall post new photos as she grows.

14 Apr, 2009


Nice one. Swingtime is a long time favourite of mine

14 Apr, 2009


Yes a very pretty fuchsia this would look well multi planted .

As I nip out side shoots will multi pot them.

14 Apr, 2009


I grew some standards years ago. The 3 leaved cuttings are best.

14 Apr, 2009


I'm going to give it ago, took some cuttings last year & 3 of them are doing really well.Thanks for telling us what your doing.

14 Apr, 2009


Your more than welcome Clarice .

14 Apr, 2009


If you keep them growing steadily all year you will be able to take the tip out after 6 months - but you must be very conscientious with the side shoots, if you leave them they will very quickly take over! Besides they rob energy from the principal shoot which is something you don't want. By all means leave a couple of leaves but always be ready to pinch out the tips if they start growing again.

Scotcat, I wouldn't water them with tomato fertilizer their first year, you want growth the first year, not flowers. Better is a general fertilize, it has more nitrogen, this encourages growth. But if they are repotted a couple of times during the season they shouldn't need any extra fertilizer.

14 Apr, 2009


Hi Balcony my mistake yes a High Nitrogen Feed should be used once buds start to form then change to a high potash feed.

Mini Standard (Length of the stem from compost level to underside of first branch must not b elesss than 6" nor more than 10".

Quarter Standard Stem length fromcompost no tless than 10" nor more than 18".

Half Standard Stem length no tless than 18" nor more than 30"

Full standard Stem length not less than 30" nor more than 42"

When required stem length then youcan start to shape head.

These sizes are from the Britsh fuchsia Society Rule book.

Trying to type got sore finger had asplinter in it and had trouble getting it out its still painfull.

14 Apr, 2009


Thanks for mentioning the BFS . I've been along to their webpage & found it very interesting! Especially the page on Cultivation for beginners.

Here is the the page's address:

16 Apr, 2009


Shall take a new photo tomorrow of swingtime to show you how she is growing .

30 Apr, 2009


Have posted updated of swingtime.

1 May, 2009

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