Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elegant Fuchsia

           
          Many gardeners love fuchsia, but sometimes store-bought plant is immediately getting ill after flowering (as in my case) because hot and dry home air does not suit them. Fuchsia is a well known houseplant, and all summer it blooms well in open air or on the balcony. In winter it has be stored in a cool, bright place or on the balcony.
When I've been to Munich Botanic Gardens I saw many pots with fuchsias growing in the Conservatory. Mostly they were shrubs with large simple, semi-double and double flowers on long stalks. These photos I've taken there show that flowers are a combination of two colors. 

 
 

The upturned edges of the flowers give special grace to them. Petals of flowers often have a different color than the calyx, are purple, red, pink and white.
I love fuchsia, but growing them here in North is difficult, they love warmth, although there are varieties that are hardy to little freezing. I admire the fuchsias in Helene's garden, they are wonderful! She grows and propagate cuttings from spring to autumn. 

 


I'd like to plant one or two fuchsias in garden pots and enjoy their blooming during summer in my garden. But I'm afraid I won't be able to store them in winter time.
Did you ever grow some fuchsias? Was your experience successful? What varieties of fuchsias do you have in your garden or home?
Thank you!

42 comments:

  1. I am delighted with this flower. It looks wonderful and very decorative.
    Greetings :)

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  2. Elegant, indeed! And so beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful shots Nadezda. I have been admiring the Fuschia's in our nurseries lately. The last time there was a Fuschia in the garden, Ben trod on it, it was only tiny, broke all it's branches. Needless to say I haven't planted another.

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    1. Poor your fuchsia! I'd love to have it in summer, it's very beautiful. Thank you Karen!

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  4. Yours are inspiring!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral

    =^..^=

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  5. Wow... I really love Fuchsia! What a shame in my hot and humid climate we can grow them only on the highland. I don't know how many time I have planted fuchsia on my home garden, but all were died. Thank you for sharing the beauty.

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    1. Endah, I can say that in hot and dry home climate it does not grow well too. It needs very soft climate, not hot and not dry. It is very capricious, isn't it?

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  6. I also love fuchsias and grow many of them that are hardy in the ground here. When I lived in the north, we treated them as annuals or brought them inside to a dark basement, only watering a few times during the winter and then bringing back out to the light in the spring, cutting back and fertilizing. You are lucky to travel to so many wonderful places!

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    1. Your advice is very valuable Peter. I will try to do the same: to bring it inside in cool place for wintering. As you noticed I always visit Botanic garden everywhere I travel.
      Thank you!

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  7. We have a lot of fuchsias in New Zealand too. They are so colourful and dainty.
    For some reason I'm still not getting notification of your posts, despite signing up for email notification and clicking the link, and also signing up elsewhere on your page. I'll have to try another of the options.

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    1. I hope you will be able to sign up for my blog, Juliet!

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  8. P.S I've done it! You are now showing up on my blogger dashboard. Hurray.

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  9. I love fuchsias Nadezda, they are so pretty and come in all shapes and designs. I grow some in pots on my patio and they last all season.
    Patricia x

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    1. You live in soft climate, Patricia and your fuchsias last all seasons. Here in North they can stay outdoors in winter.
      Thank you!

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  10. Dear Nadedza,i hope you had a great Easter with your family!
    I love fuchsia plant!Wonderful pictures!!Great shots!
    Dimi...

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  11. I haven't really considered growing a fuchsia as a house plant. It is a beautiful plant

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  12. In the past my husband collected different Fuchsias with which we went to fuchsia shows. But we are getting older and have only a few left, too much work if you keep them in pots like we do you have to water them every day all summer long. But.....they are beautiful!

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    1. It's too much work, you're right Janneke. But ...would like to have them in my garden this summer.
      Thank you1

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  13. Your fuchsias are so beautifull! :) <3

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  14. After just having read Helene's blog and seeing her fuchsias, now I get to enjoy your beauties! These truly are one of the most colourful and elegant flowers. Your photos have captured them beautifully. Thanks!

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  15. Your Fushia's are so beautiful Nadezda. I have never saw one as big as the one in the first picture. So beautiful. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. This one is growing in Munich Botanic gardens. Thank you Lona!

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  16. Hello Nadezda, thanks for linking to my blog – and thanks for all the lovely photos from your trip – as you know, I just love fuchsias! I am afraid you won’t find a fuchsia that will survive the winter outdoors in your climate, your best bet will be to find fast growing fuchsias and treat them as annuals. They will grow to large plants by end of August so you won’t really lose anything in terms of flowers, just the fact that you need to buy them every year. Alternatively you can try overwinter in a cold basement, I haven’t tried that but I have read that it’s possible, but be prepared for some trial and error before you get it right :-)
    Good luck!

    Oh, by the way, I am growing two Fuchsia Standards, like in your second photo, they are just babies still, but in a couple of years I hope they will look like in your photo!

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    1. I see Helene that my fuchsias are annuals plants in our climate. Hope your babies will grow and be beautiful.
      Wish success with your new book!

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  17. Que preciosidad. Por aqui se llaman también Pendienteds de la reina.Los he tenido en macetas y en invierno dentro de casa si tienes un sitio soleado.
    Buenas noches;)
    Un beso

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    1. Que interesante es el nombre de fuchsia en Espanol!
      Buenas noches Laura!

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  18. There are quite a few hardy fuchsias around. I don’t know if they would survive your winters though. I grow several varieties which I leave in the garden over winter and prune down to the ground in spring. They then shoot again from the root and make large flowering bushes in late summer, from July to the first frosts.
    I rarely grow fuchsia annuals, only shrubs. I may buy one or two annuals for tubs but then discard them.

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    1. Your climate is very good for growing fuchsias Friko! It's easier to leave them in soil for winter then to store them in cool place, watering time to time.
      I'm sure your fuchsia bushes are wonderful. Thank you!

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  19. Many Fuchsia varieties are hardy here. We are very lucky. Even with the bitter cold of last December mine did okay. I was worried they were dead. I think it's pretty easy to store them over the winter but I don't have any experience with this method. I hope you'll feel like trying them. They are so pretty.

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    1. Yes, it's really method of experiment. Will look for the hardiest, thank you Grace!

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