On Monday I bought a book from a £shop on Fuchsias. I picked it up & had a quick leaf through it & as it seemed very interesting I bought it. It is an RHS Practicals edition by the Royal Horticultural Society. This alone seems to me credit enough to buy it & at only £1 I thought would be good value. Just turned it over & at the bottom left hand corner there is a £4.99 price printed on it! So even better value than I first thought!
As I’m growing a plant & some cutting I got in a swap with Tralamander, I thought she might be interested as well! The plant she sent me & a couple of surviving cutting are doing well & will go out on the balcony shortly, at least the plant will but the cutting will need to be separated & put in their own pots & grown on for a few more months. These will probably go out onto the balcony in May.
I still have a couple of Fuchsia plants on the balcony which have survived the winter & are still alive. :-))
The photo is of ‘Lady Boothby’ a month ago just potted up after receiving it from Tralamander. I’ve been meaning to get a new photo but never seem to get around to it! The plant now has at least 4-5cm of new growth.
Thanks so much for the update, Amarylis. So glad they’re doing well.
And thank you for reviewing that book for me. There are a few RHS books in my local £shop, including the Fuchsias one – I will go buy it at the weekend. :)
Glad to be of service! Hope you find a copy of the Fuchsias booklet at your £shop. When I remember I’ll upload a photo of how the Fuchsias you sent me are doing.
This Fuchsia is still alive but it has never grown very big. I have one cutting that survived the winter on the balcony & is growing much better than the mother plant. I didn’t realise at first what Fuchsia it was as I planted it out in a big square tub on the balcony floor with 4 other Fuchsia cutting that also survived the winter. This one had a long straight stem with no lateral growth so it occurred to me that I could train it into a standard, like the 3 I lost during the winter of 2009/10.
I planted it in the middle of the tub with the other 4 planted one in each corner. I tied it to a thin cane but now it’s at least 50cm tall. It’s producing lateral shoots now & when I remove them I will use some of them as cuttings.
If this cutting really is ‘Lady Boothby’ I’m not sure if it will make a good standard, I suspect not!