Important: The BFS PO Box is no longer in use. For any postal communication regarding membership please send to
Acting Membership Administrator Mr Rick Stevens, 8 Lune Road, Platt Bridge, Wigan WN2 5BY
I your plants are all growing well and you are looking forward to the season now the days are lengthening.
The next main events are the AGM near Ipswich on Saturday 2nd April and the first BFS road show at Blably on Sunday 10th April. See the Events Diary or the Spring Bulletin for more details
The Prize Draw winners and a list of recent website updates are now in PDF files which can be accessed by clicking the links below.
The Results of the National Exhibitor Championship have been added to the members section. Log in click on the 2015 NEC Results menu item
Congratulations to Colin Stapleton for winning the 2015 championship
Latest Website Updates - click here
2015 Grand Prize Draw Winners - click here
What a very wet, windy but rather mild winter we have had. In the south, the weather has been very mild except for a few cold days in January which finally burnt off any leaves from the outside fuchsias. All the plants in the heated greenhouse are growing well and even in early February I am running out of room. Other I have spoken to are in the same boat. The main problem has been botrytis due to the very humid conditions. Also with the mild conditions greenfly and white fly have been breeding well. Make sure you eradicate them or in March you will have a population explosion.
For those of you growing in a cold greenhouse, if you managed to protect your plants from the cold then they are probably already beginning to shoot. Keep the plants moist and spray the wood with warm water on sunny morning to encourage the dormant ones to shoot. If they were not re-potted in the autumn, if you wish to re-pot, wait until they are shooting well. You should be able to take cuttings in March in the cold greenhouse in a cold propagator.
The Spring Bulletin should be with you around the end of February and included will be the calling notice for the AGM and your membership card.
Why not have a look at the links page and visit some of the fuchsia nursery websites and see what they have new for next year. Some have a catalogue or lists you can download as a PDF file, others you may have to contact for a printed copy sending an SAE or stamps to a certain value. Those that advertise will also have details in there adverts in the Bulletin. Some nurseries open early in the new year, other send out by mail or carrier. Getting your order in early means you will get your plants early the next year, as soon as the weather is suitable to post them out. If you have ordered plants in by mail order, unpack them as soon as possible after delivery. Treat them very gently for a few weeks until they acclimatise to your growing conditions and be very careful not to over water.
Fuchsia Gall Mite
Last autumn there have been more cases of Fuchsia Gall mite recorded and so we all need to keep being vigilant. They are still in the South and West and close to the coast – however this might not always be the case. So please keep an eye on your plants and those of your neighbours.
We are tracking where and when cases are found - please can you contact email@example.com with the post codes of any places where it is found.
Don’t forget if you have any questions on fuchsias – please ask us and we will do our best to help – we have a great team who will answer your emails.
Please see our fact-sheet on Fuchsia Gall Mite - click here