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All BFS members gaining 3 new members for the BFS (not including those at official BFS events) will receive their membership free for 2015. All affiliated societies and nurseries gaining 5 new BFS members will receive 1 years free affiliation. Membership forms are on the BFS website or available from Ian Strawson Tel 01695 420834. Please return all new membership forms (not forgetting to include your membership no) along with cheques to the secretary immediately so new BFS members dont miss out on the benefits.
Fuchsias are great plants for giving you value for money and with a little care and attention this summer they will flower from now until well into the Autumn or even the first frosts!
So what do we need to do to get the best from them!
Deadheading! It sounds drastic but it is crucial in our campaign to keep your fuchsias in flower for as long as possible this year! All you need to do is remove the seed pod that is behind the flower. If you leave that pod to develop into the fruit then the plant will consider the job done for the summer as the next generation is guaranteed! Taking off the pods and the plant will need to produce more flowers to be able to produce fruits and seeds etc etc! All very cunning on our part! It does make a difference to your plants so make certain that you do it regularly. However those that are in the garden can be left alone as nature takes over when they are in the ground. At the end of the season you can always leave the fruit to ripen and then (if you havent sprayed them) you could use them for wine or jam! Feeding this is probably the most important feature of growing fuchsias apart from watering! Try using a slow release fertiliser as then the plant will be being fed as long as the weather is warm enough. Slow release fertilisers are temperature controlled and so if it turns cool in late summer then their food supply will dwindle look at the packet for further details! Instructions are wonderful things! If you prefer to feed as you water then make certain that you maintain a regular feeding programme throughout the summer. If you are then a balanced feed is best for summer use. Pests! Fuchsias that are outside always seem to get far less pests than those in the greenhouse so outside is definitely best for the summer. Be alert and watch your plants for any changes! Summer pests include red spider mite the problem is that the first time you really know that you have got it is when you have a lot of it! Look out for a dull brown colour under the leaves. Be prepared to take action and spray at the first sign of a problem but if it gets really bad then the best thing to do is to cut back the plant and remove all the leaves. If the summer is a hot one then the fuchsias that are in a really sunny spot may well suffer be prepared to move the plants that are in pots etc into a shadier spot. It is vital to keep the roots cool it is a case of poor roots poor plant. So if the plant is in an ordinary plastic pot pop it into a second slightly larger pot it will help to keep the roots cool. Water them regularly!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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