How To Care For Fuchsias
How To Choose Fuchsias
Even if you plan to propagate your own fuchsias, you need to start with a few plants
acquired from a garden centre, online or friends. When examining the plants,
size is not too important, smaller healthy plants will soon catch up and
even overtake larger less healthy ones.
Before listing the points to look for and avoid when choosing fuchsias, one tip for the
wise - there are so many varieties of fuchsias that it's not surprising
that the odd one or two are incorrectly labelled. Buying plants in flower
is one way to avoid getting the wrong one, another is to compare the
colour, size and shape of the leaves against a specimen that is in
flower. Enough said - it doesn't happen that often.
An excellent choice of fuchsia on the left - it exhibits all the
qualities listed below and it just looks healthy. This particular cultivar is 'Winston Churchill'.
Choose fuchsia plants with:
an even symmetrical shape
good green leaves from green (not brown and woody) stems
good root system - turn upside down and tap out from the pot to examine them
several shoots from the lower part of the main stem
Avoid fuchsia plants with:
aphids, white fly or rust - beware most of all of rust (see pests and diseases section)!
incorrect pot size - it should be roughly 35% pot, 65% visible plant
signs of lack of water
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