Favorite plants for cultivation in the greenhouse, in house window, window boxes, for hanging basket, and for planting in summer flower beds.
Seeds are extremely difficult to start and germination is quite slow and erratic. We highly recommend starting these seeds in Park's Grow Mix, with germinating temperatures of 70 degrees. Gentle bottom heat is especially helpful for these seeds. Sow seed in shallow rows, but do not cover seeds with mix as light is required for germination. Enclose seed flat in plastic to retain moisture and keep out of direct sunlight. Since they are erratic and slow in their germinating habits, they must be planted in conditions that are carefully controlled so they would not be allowed to dry out during the germinating process, which may be extended for several months.
As soon as the plants have developed the first or second pair of true leaves, transplant to 2 1/4" jiffy pots in a soil mixture composed of 1/3 sand, 1/3 leaf mold, and 1/3 well-rotted organic matter.
Fuchsias must have cool, airy conditions, for they are not hothouse plants and do not thrive in a hot, moist, close atmosphere. They should be grown in a sunny window, however, shaded from direct sunlight. Best growing temperature is 60-70 degrees.
Shift Fuchsias to larger pots as growth makes it necessary and in repotting cut back the branches slightly. Pinch off the ends of the new growth frequently to induce branching and produce stocky plants.
Cuttings may be used to reproduce this popular plant, and they require 4 to 6 months to make nice 4 inch plants. Root cuttings in peat moss/perlite with temperatures in 65-75 degree range. Rootone or Hormodin #1 encourages rooting.
When the plants have finished blooming indoors, they should be allowed to rest by putting in a cool, dry place and withholding water, except for an occasional moistening to prevent them from becoming dust-dry. Named varieties can be maintained year-round.
On the West Coast and in very mild climates, where the nights are cool, Fuchsias thrive out of doors. We suggest they be grown in a partially shaded location and in a rich, well-drained soil. Incorporating an abundance of organic matter in the form of leaf mold or well-rotted manure is also beneficial.
Control red spider by syringing the plants with water occasionally. Mealy bugs, white flies, and other common pests of Fuchsia may be controlled readily with a weak Malathion solution sprayed on the foliage.
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