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Why do hardy fuchsias sometimes stop flowering?

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I have had this happen many times, including this year. This delightful diminutive one is 'Lady Thumb'. It is in a 12" diameter pot and was blooming beautifully until recently. And I have 'Son of Thumb' (brother of Thumb?) in a 14" pot which looks as though it might start to do the same thing soon. But I also had it happen to 'Dollar Princess' which was growing in the ground. I have been feeding once per week with liquid feed and tomato fertilizer. And should I remove by hand each of the seed pods which begin forming? Will this help it to stay in flowering mood? Help appreciated.




You could remove the pods ,but I'm not sure it will make a huge difference - they often do this, as you know, it's just having a rest and recovering a bit before producing more flowers.

22 Aug, 2009


I've had the same problem this year with rufus, but my garden news has been lovely,so can't explain Jonathan, perhaps something to do with this funny weather we are having.

22 Aug, 2009


Ah, I'd imagined Bamboo that they are meant to be literally continuously flowering, so I thought there must be something wrong with them. You think not so. I will just wait patiently then and see if it starts to bud up again in a while. Many thanks.

22 Aug, 2009


Agree with Bamboo, ones at nursery flower like mad, we constantly dead head and de pod them then they rest and then start back up.
The pods do dye fingers purple if you have a lot do remove!

22 Aug, 2009


When you refer to pods are you talking about the flowers which are not open yet?

22 Aug, 2009


I would definitely deadhead them as you go along. Unless you want to make fuchsia jam with the "berries" lol
Having said which I have often had baskets of fuchsia do as you say.....stop short and rest for two or three weeks... at which point I put them in a shady position until they decide to start up again - which they nearly always do with renewed vigor.

22 Aug, 2009


The pods which I have been pulling off Anils21 are the ones which begin to form after a flower has bloomed and then spent itself. The flowers usually become a bit ragged and tatty looking at that stage, so I remove them so that the plant looks nice and tidy. Actually, on some types of fuchsia the fully swollen pods can be almost as attractive as the flowers, I find.

22 Aug, 2009


Those are the berries that make good jam...honest!

22 Aug, 2009


I usually deadhead regularly throughout the summer and have almost constant flowering on about twelve different varieties. Rarely, one or other has a little break and then off they go again

22 Aug, 2009


my tom thumb has just done the same no flowers but loads of bud things.

22 Aug, 2009


Mine in baskets and pots have been very poor this year and are dying off already.

22 Aug, 2009


Any idea of the cause Sadie?

22 Aug, 2009


Plenty of water if in a sunny position and some shade through the day is prefered

23 Aug, 2009

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