I   aim   to   have   my   wall   baskets,   full   baskets,   tubs,   troughs,   hanging   pots,   etc.   planted   up   during   the   first   two   weeks   in April   at   the   very   latest.   This is   time   enough   to   give   a   fair   result   by   July.   I   know   not   everyone   will   have   the   facilities   to   take   cuttings   and   have   them   up   into   3”   pots   by   March, but   this   is   where   your   specialist   fuchsia   nursery   comes   in   (try   the   ‘Links   Page’),   plus   they   have   a   wide   range   of   cultivars   you   will   never   find   in B&Q and the like. Nothing against  B&Q, I’ll buy there myself, you just have to make sure you get there on the delivery day!  
Half or Wall Baskets (Trailing Cultivars)
On   the   left   is   a   16”   wall   basket   planted   up   with   5   plants   (3”   pots).   3   plants   along   the   back   and   2   along   the   front.   You   can   use   the   same   method   as   for   potting   up,   5 empty   pots   placed   in   their   positions   in   the   basket,   fill   around   them,   remove   them   and   drop   in   your   plants.   I   know   it   sounds   daft   but   take   them   out   of   their   pots,   I   have seen   them   planted   up   still   in   their   pots!   Plant   them   up   so   they   are   leaning   towards   the   front.   I   guess   this   one   will   be   around   the   beginning   of   May   and   ready   for pinching out. It looks as though it is going to grow upwards but I know this cultivar will trail. The   middle   one   is   now   out   of   the   greenhouse   and   in   the   nethouse   which   makes   it   about   the   end   of   May   beginning   of   June.        This   will   be   going   to   a   show   (hopefully) and the idea is to hide the basket and it is well on the way in doing that. On the right its show day (end of July). As you can see its quite feasible to obtain a decent looking specimen in that time.  The cultivar was ‘Sylvia Barker’
Full Baskets (Trailing Cultivars)
On   the   left   a   16”   full/round   basket   planted   up   with   the   cultivar   ‘Harry   Gray’,   again   around   the   beginning   of   May.      Most   fuchsia   books   suggest   5   plants   in   a   half basket’,   which   I   do.   They   then   suggest   5   in   a   16”   basket,   4   around   the   edge   and   1   in   the   middle,   why?   Beats   me!      I   will   put   10   plants   in,   7   around   the   outside   and   3 in the middle. If you use this cultivar I can guarantee a basket 30” across. The   middle   shows   the   same   basket   on   it’s   way   to   the   nethouse. This   will   be   heading   for   a   show   at   the   beginning   of August   so   one   more   pinch   all   over   and   hope   I’ve got my timing right. On the right, the end result. To be fair this cultivar does all the work for you.  It has very even growth when pinched, grows fast and is very floriferous.
Hanging   Pots.   I   use   6”,   8”   and   10”   hanging   pots   (10”   are   allowed   in   our   show).      3   plants   in   a   6”,   usually   4 or   5   in   an   8”   and   as   many   as   I   can   comfortably   get   into   a   10”.   Again   trailing   cultivars   and   they   get   the same treatment as the baskets. On the right 5 plants of ‘Billy’ in a 10” pot.  
Some   of   the   plants   I   grow   are   for   display.   These   are   for   the   Society   display   at   the   North   West   Fuchsia   Societies   Festival   in   September.         I   quickly   learnt   that   the   only way   to   get   a   decent   size   plant   in   a   6”   pot   in   one   season   was   to   do   a   bit   of   multi   planting.   3   plants   of   the   same   cultivar   go   into   a   black   2   litre   pot,   again   before   the second   week   in April.      Now   this   is   considered   as   over   potting   (too   much   compost   for   the   plants)   I   don’t   think   so,   I   feel   it’s   no   different   than   making   up   baskets.      The only   thing   I   have   to   watch   carefully   is   the   watering.      This   is   done   sparingly   when   planted   up,   even   letting   the   plants   go   dry   and   almost   wilting   before   watering   again.     This   helps   to   avoid   Botrytis   (mould)   which   can   happen   with   overcrowding   and   over   watering.   I   also   remove   some   of   the   lower   leaves   to   let   the   air   get   through.   Once   I know the roots are getting down they are then placed on saucers and I water from the bottom. You   can   see   some   of   them   on   the   left   below.   This   would   be   about   the   end   of   May   again   and   they   are   in   the   nethouse.   By   the   end   of   June   they   will   almost   double   in size.      They   are   treated   as   one   plant   and   pinched   out   all   together.   I   use   black   pots   because   they   are   not   as   noticeable   in   a   display,   although   when   I   see   what   nice shaped plants they make I am tempted to put them into terracotta pots for the show bench!  
On the right is the end result
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Fuchsias In Containers
Fuchsias In Containers
You   can   apply   the   same   method   of   three   in   a   pot   when   planting   up   tubs,   patio   containers,   etc.   After   all,   we   are   always   advised   when   planting   up   shrubs   in   the garden to plant up in groups of three. You   will   achieve   a   far   superior   display   of   fuchsias   in   one   season   that   one   plant   on   it’s   own.   The   only   drawback   you   may   find   is   that   when   some      of   the   larger flowering cultivars come into bloom, they tend to pull the plants apart but a few well hidden canes and ties will cure that Always stick to three of the same cultivar, different cultivars will not blend together as well and possibly not flower at the same time. On   the   left   a   tub   of   three   plants   of   ‘Paula   Jane‘   after   a   second   stop   and   on   the   right   the   results. A   fuchsia   flower   will   last   10   about   days.      Like   all   plants,   all   they   want to   do   is   flower   and   set   seeds,   after   that   they   consider   their   job   done,   so   don’t   forget   to   keep   on   removing   dead   flowers,   including   the   seed   pods,   and   don’t   forget   to keep on feeding.
Patio Tubs, etc (Upright Cultivars)