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How to grow a Fuchsia Bush

This year we shall be growing Bush Fuchsias and have selected 5 different varieties (see below). We shall be growing these in pots, training them to become well-branched plants with lots of flowers. The fuchsia plugs were bought and potted up into 7 cm square pots over the weekend of 18th and 19th february.

  • Blackie an upright variety with deep burgundy petals and deep pink sepals
  • Snowcap an upright hardy variety with white petals and scarlet sepals
  • Chillerton Beauty an upright hardy variety with mauve-violet petals with pale pink sepals
  • Brutus an upright hardy variety with dark purple petals and red sepals
  • Waveney Sunrise an upright variety with red petals and pink sepals

To encourage the growth of sideshoots the top growth will be stopped by removing (pinching out) the growing tip from the main shoots. As the sideshoots develop and each has three sets of leaves with their own growing tips they in turn will be pinched out. This process will be repeated until the fuchsia plants have achieved a sufficiently bushy form. We shall be updating this growing diary regularly as the fuchisa plants develop so do check back from time to time.

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fuchsia bush Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
fuchsia bush Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise

Fuchsia Blackie

Fuchsia Snowcap

Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty

Fuchsia Brutus

Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise

13th March 2012

Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise now measures 15cm from the top of the pot.

We will now pinch out the growing tip and allow the plant to develop sideshoots. These sideshoots will be allowed to grow 3 leaf sets before they are in turn are pinched out.

fuchsia bush waveney sunrise

By pinching out the growing tip we are trying to create a well-branched plant, directing the energy to the buds which will appear in the leaf axils on the stem.

Hopefully within 3 to 4 weeks sideshoots will have developed ready for pinching out a 2nd time.

Hopefully creating plenty of branches which in turn will provide lots of flower.

29th March 2012

The Fuchsia's are growing well, sideshoots are developing nicely. We shall now start to feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer.

With the current good weather we are taking the plants outside during daylight hours and bringing them inside early evening.

fuchsia bush Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
fuchsia bush Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
13th April 2012

It's been 2 weeks since the growing tip was pinched out and all the plants now have sideshoots with three sets of leaves. We will now start to pinch out the sideshoot growing tips.

There is still a chance of frost so they plants continue to be moved inside in the evening.

The fuchsia's will also be potted on into 13cm pots.

Bush fuchsia's
15th May 2012

We continue to pinch out the growing tips in all the sideshoots as soon as the sideshoots have 3 sets of leaves. The fuchsia's are still being moved inside at night (tonight the weather forecast is predicting a frost!!). The RHS says that Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty is a vigorous upright variety and some reports we have read state that it has whirled leaves. In our trial the plant is struggling (see below) but we will persist and hope that it improves.

We shall stop pinching out on the longest day (June 21st), this is probably a lot later than normally recommended, but we do want nice bushy plants.

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fuchsia bush Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
fuchsia bush Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise

Blackie

Of the five fuchsia's we are trialing fuchsia Blackie has the most upright growth (probably a good choice for growing a standard). The plant is now 20cm tall.

Snowcap

Currently, fuchsia Snowcap is the bushiest of the 5 plants and is now 17cm tall.

Chillerton Beauty

Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty seems to be struggling and doesn't appear to like its growing tips being pinched out. The plant is only 10cm tall.

Brutus

Fuchsia Brutus is putting on good growth and bushing out nicely. The plant is now 18cm tall.

Waveney Sunrise

Waveney Sunrise has the tightest growth between each set of leaves and is now 16cm tall. The plant also had a little accident, one of the leading stems got knocked off (oops).

fuchsia bush Blackie
Fuchsia Blackie 4th June 2012

So far, Fuchsia Blackie has the most open growing form and the largest leaves. The width of the fuchsia is now 36cm and 25cm tall. We continue to pinch out the growing tips, as we are with all five fuchsia plants, and couple of yellowing fading leaves have been removed.

We have sprayed all five fuchsia's with a light solution of bug killer as the dreaded greenfly have been spotted.

fuchsia bush Snowcap
Fuchsia Snowcap 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Snowcap has the bushiest form and the first to form flower buds which we are removing as soon as they are large enough to snip off. No sign of any yellowing leaves and generally a healthy fuchsia.

fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty has perked up a little since we moved the fuchsias outside. Still a little unsure what to make of this fuchsia. The leaves continue to be whirled and the plant has started to form much new growth from the base which is being pinched out, although one new stem from the base is being allowed to grow on.

fuchsia bush Brutus
Fuchsia Brutus 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Brutus is also coming along nicely and is bush forming similar to Snowcap. Any fading or yellowing leaves are also being removed - allowing more light to the middle / centre of the plant.

fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise continues to have the brightest leaves which are more yellow than green.

We are feeding all five fuchsias with a weak sollution of Miracle grow fertilzer.

We continue to pinch out the growing tips but probably only one more time before allowing the fuchsias to grow on and start to flower. We are thinking of potting them on into their final pots but will probably wait for another couple of weeks yet.

Click any of the photographs dated 4th June to see a larger image.
3rd July 2012

The Fuchsia's have been potted on into their final 25cm 10 litre pots and given a fresh top dressing of potting grit. We have stopped pinching out the growing tips and will now let the plants develop their flower buds.

Chillerton Beauty continues to perk up and is now looking much healthier than it was back in May.

Fuchsia Blackie had an unfortunate accident a couple of weeks ago, when it got blown over in high winds and sustained damage to one of its three main stems.

Snowcap, Brutus and Waveney Sunrise are coming along nicely. Looking foward to a display of blooms - fingers crossed.

Click the image to the right to see a slide show of the Fuchsia bushes we are growing in this diary.

Fuchsia Bush Waveney Sunrise Fuchsia Bush Chillerton Beauty Fuchsia bush Brutus Fuchsia Bush Snowcap Fuchsia Bush Blackie
29th July 2012

All the fuchsia's except Chillerton Beauty are now in bloom. Fuchsia Blackie is looking a little lob sided due to the wind damage earlier this year, but apart from that the plants are doing well. After a slow start Chillerton Beauty has recovered well and is catching fast with the other four Fuchsia bushes.

To prolong the flowering period we are deadheading all shrivelled or damaged blooms we are also removing all berries. If berries are aloud to form the flowering display may end prematurely. Due to the much improved weather over the last week we are watering daily we also moved the plants to a more shady position away from the midday sun.

fuchsia bush Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
fuchsia bush Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
fuchsia bush Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
fuchsia bush Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
fuchsia bush Blackie
Fuchsia Blackie 4th June 2012

So far, Fuchsia Blackie has the most open growing form and the largest leaves. The width of the fuchsia is now 36cm and 25cm tall. We continue to pinch out the growing tips, as we are with all five fuchsia plants, and couple of yellowing fading leaves have been removed.

We have sprayed all five fuchsia's with a light solution of bug killer as the dreaded greenfly have been spotted.

fuchsia bush Snowcap
Fuchsia Snowcap 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Snowcap has the bushiest form and the first to form flower buds which we are removing as soon as they are large enough to snip off. No sign of any yellowing leaves and generally a healthy fuchsia.

fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty has perked up a little since we moved the fuchsias outside. Still a little unsure what to make of this fuchsia. The leaves continue to be whirled and the plant has started to form much new growth from the base which is being pinched out, although one new stem from the base is being allowed to grow on.

fuchsia bush Brutus
Fuchsia Brutus 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Brutus is also coming along nicely and is bush forming similar to Snowcap. Any fading or yellowing leaves are also being removed - allowing more light to the middle / centre of the plant.

fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise 4th June 2012

Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise continues to have the brightest leaves which are more yellow than green.

We are feeding all five fuchsias with a weak sollution of Miracle grow fertilzer.

We continue to pinch out the growing tips but probably only one more time before allowing the fuchsias to grow on and start to flower. We are thinking of potting them on into their final pots but will probably wait for another couple of weeks yet.

Click any of the photographs dated 4th June to see a larger image.
3rd July 2012

The Fuchsia's have been potted on into their final 25cm 10 litre pots and given a fresh top dressing of potting grit. We have stopped pinching out the growing tips and will now let the plants develop their flower buds.

Chillerton Beauty continues to perk up and is now looking much healthier than it was back in May.

Fuchsia Blackie had an unfortunate accident a couple of weeks ago, when it got blown over in high winds and sustained damage to one of its three main stems.

Snowcap, Brutus and Waveney Sunrise are coming along nicely. Looking foward to a display of blooms - fingers crossed.

4th October 2012

Since early August we have been feeding the fuchsia bushes with a liquid tomato fertiliser and continue to dead head and remove berries. Chillerton Beauty (centre in the image below) has overtaken the other four plants and is now the tallest most bushy of the five fuchsias. Waveney Sunrise (far right) is the shortest but has the greater spreading habit, it has also given the most blooms.

All five fuchsias are still growing well and recently a flourish of new flower buds have appeared. However, with shorter daylight hours and cooler nights we have probably seen the best of plants this year - but fingers crossed we may see more colour.

The five fuchsias are hardy and as winter approaches we need to start to think about winter protection. It's likely they shall remain outside in a sheltered position possibly placed on a polystryene base with bubble wrap coat.

bush fuchsias
fuchsia bush Blackie
Fuchsia Blackie

In the sunshine fuchsia Blackie's flowers are very vibrant, such a pity Blackie had wind damage earlier in the year. The flowers and berries are by far the largest of the five fuchsias. Next year we shall take some cuttings from Blackie and train into a standard.

Fuchsia Blackie
fuchsia bush Snowcap
Fuchsia Snowcap

Snowcap gave a good display of flowers which have now dimished. However, lots of new growth and plenty of new buds and contrary to what we said above we are thinking of bringing Snowcap inside to try and extend the growing season.

fuchsia snowcap
fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
Fuchsia Chillerton Beauty

After a shaky start Chillerton Beauty has turned out to be the tallest of the five fuchsia's. However, it had the least number of blooms which was a little disappointing.

fuchsia bush Chillerton Beauty
fuchsia bush Brutus
Fuchsia Brutus

Lots of new flower buds on Brutus, very hopefull of one last flourish of blooms before the end of this growing season.

Fuchsia Brutus
fuchsia bush Waveney Sunrise
Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise

Waveney Sunrise has lovely lemon / lime coloured leaves and still has plenty of blooms. This fuchsia is the shortest of the five but has the longest laterals making this plant the widest - probably not a good species to be trained into a standard.

Fuchsia Waveney Sunrise
26th October 2012

In the last update we believed we had seen the best of the blooms. Not true, the plants have really picked up and now have a fantastic late flourish of flower (click image below to see all five plants). We were also thinking of winter protection, but have changed our mind. Tonight (26th October) the first of this years frosts have been forecasted so we have moved the plants indoors into a bright but not heated room to see how long we can prolong flowering.

 

Fuchsia Bush Brutus Fuchsia Bush Snowcap Fuchsia bush Blackie Fuchsia Bush Chillerton Beauty Fuchsia Bush Waveney Sunrise

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