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Growing Fuchsia in the tropics

Posted by ifraser25 z11 Brazil (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 13, 05 at 22:52

When I lived in UK the problem was: how to get them through the winter. I now have the reverse problem. How to get them to flower in a tropical climate? We bought several hanging baskets covered in flower from which I took a number of cuttings. They are all growing well but none are now flowering. I subsequently discovered that the plants are brought down from nurseries in the mountains where it is considerably cooler than here. Instinct tells me to keep cutting them back and wait for the "winter". Is there anything else we can do ? Our fridge is not very large !

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RE: Growing Fuchsia in the tropics

That is probably the best idea Ifraser, try to keep them as cool as posssible, too much heat, such as your's, and they just refuse to flower, you could try a high potash feed once a fortnight to encourage flowering - Kath :)

RE: Growing Fuchsia in the tropics

Won't the temperature in the fridge be too low for them?

RE: Growing Fuchsia in the tropics

  • Posted by pbunch Intermediate and Coo (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 19, 09 at 17:03

I live in Medellin, Colombia (1600 meters) and we have a place up near Santa Elena (2400 meters). I have seen Fuchsia growing and blooming in Medellin but have had little success with them myself. The Santa Elena area is a completely different story. They do very well there even in poor soils. I have one planted in a yellow subsoil. It needs to be fed a lot but it sure does perform.

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