My Fuchsia Varieties This Year

by admin on May 25, 2012

Fuchsia

Here in the far north of England it’s the time of year for getting new fuchsia plants into pots and putting them outside. In many areas further south I guess that happened a few weeks ago, but of course suppliers will still be sending out plugs well into June.

When we moved back north fifteen months ago I brought with me only a few of my plants, and last year didn’t manage to do a great deal about creating a new collection of fuchsia varieties. As a consequence, this year I’m starting again almost from scratch. So what varieties have I chosen?

Bush Fuchsia Varieties

Living in an 18th century terraced house in an ancient country town, opening straight onto the street and no front garden, I decide last year to put a fuchsia by the door. I had a tall but not too broad pot heavy enough to discourage it from “walking away”, and it could be placed where it would not inconvenience pedestrians. ‘Alice Hoffman’ did well for me there but unfortunately, unlike the same varieties in previous years down in Nottinghamshire, most of my few hardy fuchsias in pots failed to survive the more northerly winter and even the usually hardy Alice was no exception. So now we have ‘President George Bartlett’ at the front door; maybe I won’t leave him out in the snow when winter comes.

Out at the back I’ve taken over a shady area of the patio to serve as a miniature fuchsia nursery and in addition to potting up the plants bought over the past couple of weeks from three garden suppliers I’ve taken cuttings, so later in the year we should have a good number of:

  • ‘Abbe Farges’
  • ‘Beacon’
  • Carmel Blue
  • ‘Heidi Anne’
  • ‘Snowcap’
  • ‘Spion Cop’
  • ‘Winston Churchill’

I’ve grown all of these before except for ‘Abbe Farges’ and I’m told that it can be used to grow a low fuchsia hedge about a foot high and is very hardy, so I’ll be trying this as a two metre long stretch of edging and will discover next year whether it copes with a Cumbrian winter. It’s worth a try.

Swingtime‘ is usually considered to be no more than half-hardy but of all my potted plants left outside (in this case accidentally) it’s the only one to have survived well. “Hardiness” is a very vague concept in my opinion. Every year brings surprises.

I’ve focused here on upright fuchsia varieties. In a later post I’ll say something about my selection of trailing fuchsias.

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Fuchias – Video

Here’s a short YouTube video that I thought was interesting, with a breeder talking about how he chooses which of many new fuchsia cultivars to go forward with, and how they are named. (This is an American video clip, and the specific varieties mentioned may not be available in the UK).

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