Repotting

kdenise(7bGA)May 11, 2005

OK, I am trying again. I couldn't get the conditions right on my porch last year for my fuschia to do well, so I have found a nice spot in the yard from a tree branch for the already potted beauty I purchased this season at the farmer's market. It is laden with blooms and so far seems happy in that spot. It is a really full pot, and it seems there are maybe 3 plants in it. When is the best time to repot - wait until the Fall when it is time to bring it in and prune? I don't want to harm it!

One more question - as long as I deadhead, will it bloom constantly? or will it go dormant for a period? Just want to know what to expect!

Thanks

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tightathome(Yorks - UK)

There is a long way to go before you even start thinking about pruning and overwintering, enjoy your plants for the rest of the growing season without that worry.

If you feel that your plant is in need of repotting I would use the 'pot-in-pot' method as described in the link below.

If you have the plants in a shaded place they will benefit from an overhead spray with clear water a couple of times a day. Another thing worth mentioning is that your plants could be stood on a bed of gravel which you could water and improve the humidity around your plant.

You need to stop the plants (take out the growing tips) to increase the bushiness of the plants and therefore increase the flower power, although flowering will be delayed depending on the type.

By dead-heading the plants and making sure that you remove the seed pods when you do this you will have a steady continuous flow of flowers over a long period of time.

Hope this helps.

Tight....

Here is a link that might be useful: 'pot in pot'

    Bookmark   May 11, 2005 at 5:53PM
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kdenise(7bGA)

Thanks for the great info - If I do decide to repot, can I separate the plants without harm to them? If I want to do this, should I then wait until time to prune?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2005 at 7:46PM
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tightathome(Yorks - UK)

Hi kdenise

I would leave the plants all in one pot at this time, they tend to lose their shape badly if you split them. However this can be done later in the year when you are thinking of overwintering and pruning them back.

Enjoy your plants....

Tight....

    Bookmark   May 12, 2005 at 3:04AM
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