I have 4 new Fuchsias that came from my friend at church, Dick. I’ve since repotted them & now they are outside on our balcony! Dick gave me them because he has no room in his tiny garden but he was given them by his daughter. They were originally planted in big clay pots but as his daughter wanted the pots back I had to remove them from the pots & put them in four big plastic pots with fresh compost.
They are lovely plants & I hope to keep them for several years, at least! Three are trained as small standards but the other is untrained. I pruned off several very low branches & used them as cuttings. I hope these will root. I cut the branches up into a couple of cutting each so if they do root I will end up with another 10 plants!!!
I don’t have a photo yet of all 4 together but I do have a couple of photos of the first 2 he gave me together.
Although all these Fuchsia standards were given to me in full flower none of them seems very happy on the balcony. Even though I had to repot three of them (one later died) I don’t understand what’s the matter with them.
They start by dropping their flowers & then their leaves & I’m left with almost bare branches!
I have always had some pretty decent Fuchsia plants over many years on the balcony but for some strange reason, the Fuchsias given to me by my friend Dick, don’t seem at all happy! The last one he gave me, the only named one, has died on me & I’ve hardly done anything to it. At first, I put it behind the tomato plants, they were still quite low then but later I moved it out into a more sunnier position. After a few days, I noticed that a lot of the smaller branches were drying out so I pruned them back to healthy growth but as the days went by the whole plant started to dry out & now it appears to be completely dead.
That’s the 2nd Fuchsia plant that has died. The other half standards are still clinging onto life but none of the 4 looks particularly happy. One I seem to have identified as ‘Beacon’ as I have several plants of my own that look exactly the same, only the one from Dick has much smaller leaves than my own plants. I grew this variety for some years as standards of my own making with 1m/3ft clear trunks before the heads developed. I had them growing for quite some years until the terrible winter of 2009/10 killed them.
I have a big plant of this variety growing in a strawberry planter & it has grown there for at least 3 years perhaps four by now. This year it has grown much more than in any of the previous years since it’s been in there.