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Planting a hardy fuchsia

hywel

By hywel

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When planting a hardy fuchsia in the garden you should try to plant it rather deeper than it is in the pot when you buy it.

This is because the soil will protect the stems, and so it will have a better chance of surviving the winter.

I’ve tried to show it in the photo below. It’s one I planted last year. The stick marks the soil level, and you can see part of the stems are below it.

I always plant hardy fuchsias deeply, and only lost one last winter when the weather was very much colder than we usually experience in south west Wales.

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I have fuchsias arriving soon so thank you for this very handy tip :O)

5 May, 2010

 

thanx hywel, a handy tip there, i never think to do them deeper, so will from now on as i lost mine in winter ;o(

5 May, 2010

 

That's a good idea, Thanks Hywel.

5 May, 2010

 

Blooming - If your new fuchsias are plugs then I wouldn't plant them deep in the ground yet. The stems will be soft and may rot in the damp soil. I'd pot them up first, and plant them outside later on when the stems have become a bit more woody

Thanks Sandra, Heron = we're here to share information and knowledge
:o)

5 May, 2010

 

I saw a lovely Fuchsia the other week only thing was it was not a hardy one , and i was rather dissapointed because it has lovely blue flowers.I thought it was unusual colouring for a fuchsia

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks for the info and photo Hywel. :o)

5 May, 2010

 

Hijuju -There are several blue ones. If you want a hardy blue variety try Preston Guild - It has smalish flowers, blue and white. Also Delta's Sarah is a hardy blue and white.

5 May, 2010

 

YW, as they say TT lol

5 May, 2010

 

I kept my Delta's Sarah in pots this winter but will plant at least one outside this year - and remember to plant it deep! Thanks Hywel.

5 May, 2010

 

Thank you Hywel.
I think they probably will be but won't know till they get here LOL

5 May, 2010

mad
Mad
 

Hywel, do you ever cut an established hardy fuschia right back? Our's was looking a bit of a mess last year, with a lot of twiggy growth, so I got hubby to cut it hard back, and now new growth is coming, and I'm hoping it will be regenerated. It was also fed with fish,blood and bonemeal. I felt it was worth an experiment.

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks for the advice Hywel..... will be planting mine out soon

5 May, 2010

 

Yes Mad I cut them down very hard but wait to see where they are sprouting from first. They usually come from near the ground.

Thank you all for reading my blog. I'm glad it has helped.

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks for info Hywel

5 May, 2010

 

You're welcome Carol :o)

5 May, 2010

 

Planting them deep is something I've always done. It gives a little extra protection & they will often sprout stronger canes for the following year if you cut back most of the growth from the previous year.

I cut the top growth of my Fuchsias in hanging baskets back by 50% & now they are all growing away fine once again! :-) That is except for 3 of Thalia. I had planted one in the centre of all 5 baskets last year but only 2 have survived. The other 4 plants in each basket have survived & are doing well. I even have some buds on some of the stems.

My two 3ft high standards of Fuchsia Beacon have come through yet another winter unscathed! A few days ago I took them off the table in the corner of the balcony & put them out against the railings where they usually spent the summer/autumn. They have buds on them, too.

5 May, 2010

 

Very helpful blog Hywel as I have three little fuchsia`s in pots ready to plant out.

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks for this information Hywel...we lost our "Hawkshead " this winter...will try again with another young plant and take your advice.............

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks Hywel for the tips, will remember when I plant out the cuttings that I took last year;0)

5 May, 2010

 

Good tip Hywel,so will remember too.I always give them a deep mulch for the winter,and wrap fleece round the bases,just in case..so far so good.

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks, Hywel, I have just acquired two hardy fuchsias (3 including Lady Boothby) so your info is very timely :)

5 May, 2010

 

A great help Hywel, thanks for your blog, my surviving plugs are coming on well thanks to your advice now this illustration has been noted for when they're big enough to be planted out :o)

5 May, 2010

 

Thank you for the advice Hywel will come in handy for me.

5 May, 2010

 

Thanks for all your comments.
I'm pleased to be able to share the very small amount of knowledge I have with friends :o)

6 May, 2010

 

i will do that as well thanxs

6 May, 2010

 

Good tip Hywell. Just in time too as i have some fuschia's ready to be planted out soon. Can i ask where is the besy place to over winter non hardy geraniums, Would a shed or unheated coservatory be ok?

8 May, 2010

 

Sorry Hywell, i meant to ask about fuschias not geraniums.Silly me.

8 May, 2010

 

Somewhere cool and frost free is best for them. They can't tolerate such low temperatures as fuchsias. Keep them on the dryish side aswell.

8 May, 2010

 

Oh I see lol - well yes fuchsias would do all right there as long as the temp doesn't go below freezing point.

8 May, 2010

 

thanks hywel i'll google to see where i can get them from

9 May, 2010

 

Great tip Hywel, thank you for sharing! Will come in very handy...:o)

11 May, 2010

 

Good tips here - thanks Hywel... I think I have lost mine over this winter as there are no growing tipos showing as yet - could they still come back or am I better to start afresh - even the ones I had overwintering in the green house seem to have died.

14 May, 2010

 

Sometimes they come back from way beneath the soil if the root is still alive. I'd give them a few more weeks. Don't keep them too dry at this time of year

14 May, 2010

 

Thanks again Hywel - will keep looking!

15 May, 2010

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