What kind of fuchsia is this? Upright tree-like growth

cfox248(3)July 21, 2014


So I was at the garden center near me with the intent to buy a pot, and some fungicide, and that's all. But I came across these fuchsia plants and I had to have them! I LOVE fuchsias, but have nowhere for a hanging basket so I never got one. This one, however, is upright in a little mini tree-like shape. I am hoping to prune it back this autumn and winter it indoors (Which I hear is tricky, but hey, gonna try!) I potted it in really well draining soil and it's currently happily in front of my south facing window, since it's 110 degrees outside today and I figured that would kill it. I kind of plan for it to be an inside windowsill plant, since there's not anywhere I could put it outside in the shade that I would be able to enjoy it. Is that a bad idea? It seems happy enough, and is opening flowers.

Here are some pics!

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

This Fuchsia has been grown as a standard. Almost any cultivar can be grown like this. It is a cultivation style, not a variety. Yours could be 'Lena' but there are 1000s of cultivars, so don't quote me. You can overwinter it but do not cut the main stem back. You need to keep that central stem as a permanent framework. Fuchsias do not do well indoors as there is insufficient light. I would put it outside as long as possible. Then you can overwinter it dormant in a cool basement or shed. You might have fun taking cuttings and growing your own standards.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing standard fuchsias

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 8:15AM
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Thanks for the reply! I haven't checked back in ages, I missed it till now!

I do not have a cool anything to overwinter plants, sadly - but I successfully winter my potted citrus indoors with a fluorescent grow setup and a south facing window. If I can keep those happy, I imagine I can keep a fuchsia alive, at least. I do not plan to cut back the main trunk, just the branches to make it a bit more even and compact to take up a bit less counter space. I do think I will try some cuttings, because I LOVE fuchsia and would love to have a taller one!

Thanks for your reply, I am sorry I did not see it until now!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 12:20AM
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