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I have several Fuchsia plants (I started the cuttings off in water) They are now 10-14cms high. I have nipped out growing tips, Some of the side shoots are now quite long, should I also nip these back?
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- Posted: Mon. 9th February 2009 21:33
Hi Lorna, you could shorten the side shoots a little if you think it will improve the shape of the plant. If you think they could do with filling out a bit more, doing this will make them branch from those side shoots. All the best, Marissa
- Posted: Thu. 12th February 2009 10:26
Many thanks Marissa. I will shorten the side shoots a little as I think it will make the plant a better shape.
- Posted: Thu. 12th February 2009 13:04
I would nip back the side shoots too as it will encourage the plant to grow more bushy and give it an overall better shape.
- Posted: Sat. 21st February 2009 19:37
Hi Jo. Glad you agree that nipping back the side shoots is the way to go. I have done it and I am sure the plants will be a better shape. Thanks for your input.
- Posted: Sat. 21st February 2009 20:40
I have grown all mine from cuttings and its just a matter of taste.Why not try to grow a standard Fuchia. Take a cutting and root into a pot. As it grows, remove all the side shoots until it reaches the height you require as a single stem. Then remove the tip and it will branch out. When these shoots are 75 mm long then pinch out the stem tips again. This will help make a dense head on the plant.
- Posted: Sat. 7th March 2009 18:54
Late husband always did my cuttings for me although he couldn't do general gardening as he was in a wheel chair. I haven't had much success with cuttings. This year I tried cuttings in water first (as suggested by a friend on another site) and I have had 100% success. Maybe I will try a standard this year. Again the husband had success but I haven't tried to grow a standard. Thanks for suggestion. Any particular variety you can suggest?
- Posted: Sat. 7th March 2009 20:31
Best of Fuchsia
The best type to get are the Hardy.
No need to worry about frosts.
The two I like are.
Alice Hoffman and Army Nurse.
They will bloom from summer to autumn.
Both good for borders or containers.
- Posted: Sun. 8th March 2009 08:57
Thanks Gordon. I have 2 hardy fuchsias, I don't know the variety as they were from cuttings given to me. I will look out for the 2 you have mentioned. Definitely going to have a go this year.
- Posted: Sun. 8th March 2009 10:18
Best of luck! Keep young!
- Posted: Sun. 8th March 2009 11:30