Mrs Popple Fuchsia

Mrs Popple Fuchsia plants are available in a great variety of colours, with single or double flowers. Standards (tree-shaped, on a single tall stem) or well-shaped little bushes, they may be trained into pyramids by pinching out in early stages of growth. They will also trail attractively and may be hung from rafters. They are easy, trouble-free plants to grow. The popular Fuchsias all have dainty dark green foliage and a profusion of graceful pendant blooms.

Mrs Popple Fuchsia

Temperatures:

  • Growing season 12-15 °C (53-60 °F)
  • Minimum winter (frost-free vital) 7 °C (45 °F)
  • Rest period (maximum) 10 °C (50 °F)

Soil: A soil-less compost.

Where to position: In a light, airy position sheltered from strong sun. They are not specially sensitive to draughts or moderate changes in temperature.

Watering requirements: Water to maintain a moist soil condition. When growing strongly, this is a thirsty plant, but it should not be drowned. There are no spraying or humidity requirements.

General care: Fuchsias may be trained or grown into many shapes. Feed weekly with weak liquid fertilizer from bud formation to end of flowering. Remove faded blooms to ensure a succession of flowers.

Rest: When flowering ends, steadily reduce water until the soil is only slightly moist. Place in a cool, frost-free spot for the winter. In spring, give more light and slowly stage back to normal watering and temperature. When the buds begin to swell, cut back the stems, leaving three or four buds on each. As the plant develops, pinch out as necessary to produce required shape.

When it looks sick:

  • Buds and/or leaves drop : It may be too warm; place it in a cooler spot. Another cause may be over-watering. It needs plenty of water when growing vigorously in warm weather but little and often is the rule.
  • The leaves droop and the plant has a tired appearance : Probably caused by under-watering. Restore moist soil condition.
  • Insects : Check regularly.

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