Growing Fuchsia for Hanging Pots and Baskets
Grow rooted cuttings on in the normal way until they have filled a 3 inch pot. For an 8 inch diameter hanging pot use 3 plants. For a 15 inch diameter hanging basket use 5 plants. Use the normal soil mix for fuchsia planting. Slow release fertilizer eg. Osmocote can also be mixed into the soil.
If you have a heated greenhouse hanging pots and baskets can be made up in the Autumn. The advantage of this is that you can continue pinching out the growing tips throughout the winter, which results in a much bigger display of fuchsia flowers than if you wait until Spring before beginning.
The same applies for existing hanging pots and baskets, plants can be cut back to approx. 4 or 5 inches above the soil level in the Autumn, and repotted into new soil. 2nd and 3rd year plants normally give a larger display than 1st year plants.
If you live in frost prone areas, do remember to harden your plants off during the day for at least two weeks before placing them outside for the summer months, after all risk of frost has gone. Feed throughout the summer with a balanced feed, quarter strength every watering. It is not necessary to do this so often if you have used a slow release fertilizer. Dead head flowers and seed pods regularly, this will encourage flowering for a longer period.
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