A VIEW FROM THE POTTING SHED

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

 

- Fuchsia

 

Fuchsias are seen in bloom from summer through to autumn and look good as part of summer bedding, grown in containers and hanging baskets. Most fuchsias are hardy tolerating the winter weather. They have attractive pendant colourful flowers of varying pinks, creams and mauves. The name fuchsia came from the 16th century botanist Leonhart Fuchs who called the vivid purplish red colour fuchsia, the plant took on the same name. Magenta is in fact the same colour and is interchangeable with fuchsia . There are several tricks to keep fuchsias blooming - plant in premium quality soil, don’t overwater, watch for fuchsia gall mites and remove affected plants immediately, pinch back the stems after they have produced flowers, this will produce more blooms. Fuchsias will reward you all summer long.