Mrs Popple Fuchsia plants are available in a great variety of colours, with single or double. Standards (tree-shaped, on a single tall ) or well-shaped little bushes, they may be trained into pyramids by 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 all have dainty dark green foliage and a profusion of graceful pendant blooms.
- 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.
Where to: 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 orrequirements.
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 normaland temperature. When the buds begin to swell, cut back the , 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 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.