Do hardy fuchsias flower better as they age?
My Lady Thumb and Son Of Thumb are in their first year (first summer), acquired by me in the spring as plants in 2 litre pots. I feel their flowering performance this summer has been 'reasonable'. They both reached what is probably their full stature, and put on fabulous displays quite early in the summer, then stopped flowering completely from August onwards. They are now both beginning to bloom once again, quite nicely, but only near the base. I am wondering, can these plants (both growing in 12" diameter ceramic pots) be expected to perform better next summer than they have this? Will the wood 'mature' itself and thus increase its ability to flower uninteruptedly throughout next years growing season? The blooms, especially on Lady Thumb (pictured), are VERY pretty. Also, will they benefit from being somehow repotted into some fresh compost to grow in next year? I've asked quite a lot of questions about fuchsias over the past months. Now here's just one more. Advise much appreciated.
- 12 Oct, 2009