Moonglow Fuchsia Standard
Hi, I started to raise a standard from the fuchsia 'Moonglow' two years ago, and everything went well. I pinched the stem at a hight of about 4 feet at the end of the growing season 2003, looking forward to a spectacular standard in 2004 (last summer). However, the plant struggled all summer last year, it developed a small crown, and a few blossoms, that were hanging around laxly, almost like it didn't get enough water to the top. I tried various spots for the plant in dappled shade, out of the direct hot sun for most but a few hours in the morning. I made sure it was always well watered without being water-clogged, and also not exposed to too much wind. In short, I tried everything that usually makes even a finicky fuchsia happy, but Moonglow didn't respond at all. In the fall, the growth finally recovered and I did get a few supple flowers and supple new growth before the cold weather shut the growing season down for me.
My question for this year is, what can I do to turn this standard into a real treasure? Did I miss something last year? I just found out that most folks consider Moonglow a trailing variety, might that explain the struggle? Any thoughts are welcome, even wild speculation, because at this point I am at the end of my wisdom ( a rather short trip as my fellow co-workers are quick to point out). But seriously folks, have you had similar experiences with some other varieties? Let me know.
Thanks a lot.