FUCHSIA

FLOWERING SHRUB. Given any reasonably fertile soil, sun or part shade and due attention to watering, fuchsias will flourish and flower freely from July onwards. Near the sea, especially in the south-west, the Isle of Man and Ireland, some kinds will grow to upwards of 12 ft. and Fuchsia magellanica riccartonii is frequently grown as a hedge. Elsewhere they are usually cut to ground level and in winter often look quite dead, but will burst into bud in spring. It is quite easy to raise fuchsias from seed, which, if sown in January or February will produce plants ready to bloom in July or August. Early sowings must be made in heat, and for the soil in which the seedlings are potted on, experts have sometimes advised a mixture of cow dung, although John Innes Compost is perfectly suitable. Cuttings taken at joints after flowering will root in sand under glass. A prevalent trouble is that buds fall off, usually due to careless watering. In very dry weather water daily; in overcast conditions twice a week is enough. If a pot plant, immerse in water once a week.

Choice of Varieties:

The following are reasonably hardy.

Alice Hoffman: rose-pink sepals and white corolla. Small flowers. Dwarf grower to about 1 ft.

Caledonia: rosy-purple. Very free flowering.

Corallina: crimson and purple with bronze-green foliage.

Dunrobin Bedder: Warm coral-red.

Golden Treasure: scarlet sepals and violet corolla. Foliage is, however, the chief merit, being a warm golden yellow.

Madame Cornelissen: scarlet sepals and white corolla.

Margaret Brown: an unusual shade of rose-pink.

Mrs Popple: scarlet sepals, scarlet and purple corolla.

Sumry: here again the foliage which is bronze, crimson and white, is certainly the appeal.

Tom Thumb: the well-known, purplish-red variety which is excellent for rockeries.

Greenhouse Fuchsias:

These can also be treated as bedding plants and transferred to a frost-proof greenhouse in October.

Ballet Girl: cerise and white. Double.

Display: cerise-red sepals, carmine-rose corolla. Double.

Fascination: bright red sepals, rose-pink corolla. Double.

John Forbes: crimson sepals, violet-purple corolla. Double.

Lena: light salmon-pink sepals, pale purple corolla. Semi-double.

Marinka: crimson-scarlet. Single. Very effective grown in hanging baskets.

Rose of Castile Improved: blush-coloured sepals, corolla violet. Single.

Scarcity: scarlet sepals, rose-purple corolla.

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