If you are keen on growing fuchsias - then why not join the Society - full details are on the membership page - you can join today using Paypal. We are a friendly Society and have experts to help you with every aspect on fuchsias.
A new question page has been created and the old Help & Advice page removed. To try it go to the Help Advice & Contact Us link on the LHS menu
John Porter's "History of the BFS" has been updated
The BFS are running an Affiliated Society Public Liability Insurance Scheme for 2014. The first forty Affiliated Societies responding by 31/12/2013 will be eligible. Click the Affiliated Societies Link in the LHS menu and then the link to download the renewal form. Details are on the form.
Dan Matheson has kindly donated to the BFS his special one off Fuchsia Kilt, Tie and Garters which he wore at the BFS AGM in Inverness. We have decided to hold a Silent Auction and for anyone interested in bidding for this, we are looking for bids in excess of £100. Your bid should be sent in a sealed envelope inside another envelope to the Acting BFS Treasurer Mr Rick Stevens, 8 Lune Road, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5BY, to reach him by Saturday 14th December 2013
At this time of the year when things can be a bit dark and miserable it is a great time to plan ahead and to think of what you would like to see in flower in your pots next summer! If you are involved in a local society you might like to think of the fuchsias that might win you the prizes this summer! I am hoping that the last sentence will not have put you off I know that not everyone is not into showing their plants, but getting involved in a show and meeting other keen growers and exhibitors is actually a great place to learn about fuchsias. Also it can be great fun!
Topical Tips things to do! Pop into the greenhouse on a regular basis to check that the heating is working Pick up any leaves that have fallen onto the compost before they have a chance to cause any problems Water only as necessary they really dont need much at this time of year If the weather is sunny open the doors ventilation is a must at this time of year the temperature can race up in greenhouse on a sunny day
At this time of the year fuchsia catalogues are available from specialist fuchsia nurseries and they will be brim full of all sorts of goodies to whet your appetite for the year ahead.
So why the specialist nursery? Lots of choice! Most nurseries will stock over five hundred different fuchsias. Every catalogue will be a goldmine of fuchsias old and new. They are worth investigating you will find some gems! Perhaps a really large double or a fuchsia with an incredibly long tube or the closest colour to black that you have ever seen. Send off for some catalogues this winter and they will give you some wonderful browsing for the winter! Quality plants Specialist nurseries will not necessarily be as cheap as the garden centres and the large DIY stores, but that is because the size of production will be so different. Garden centres suppliers will grow fuchsias by the million specialist nurseries grow them by the thousand. The difference is that plants at a nursery will have lots of TLC with daily care and attention. Fuchsia nurseries will sell everything from cuttings, to plants, baskets and standards. Garden centres will do something similar but the range available will be much wider. Advice when you grow the plants, you know the plants. Ask at a specialist nursery and they will give advice on the best ones to grow, feeds, whatever the problem they will do their best to help.
So please get a few catalogues, browse the internet and treat yourself to visit to a specialist nursery in 2014 and enjoy a return to the personal touch. Please check on opening times before you make a journey small nurseries rarely open 7 days a week and there is nothing worse that travelling a distance and then finding that the nursery is closed. It can also be worth giving a call before you go, as when you grow the plants that you sell, there will, on occasions be times when a particular plant is not available.
When you get a catalogue you will see a lot of information so here is some of it explained!
Firstly flowers who have a language of their own! With each part being listed individually as often they can be different colours! T tube the top part of the flower or if you like the body of the ballet dancer! S sepals they stick out from the tube opening up when the bud bursts C corolla the petals or the skirt Single flowered fuchsias have only four petals tend to have lots of flowers Double flowered fuchsias have more than eight petals and are those most often described as fluffy etc! Less flowers but can be enormous! Semi double fuchsias have between 5 and 8 petals, but are more like a single in the amount of flowers they produce
Hopefully you will get tempted go and get some catalogues, browse the internet and go and explore the wonderful world of fuchsias in 2014!
Don't forget if you have any fuchsia related questions - please use our help and advice page - we have a team of experts ready to help - whatever the fuchsia query!
Fuchsia Gall Mite
This 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.
Dont 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