I gotta get me one of them fuchsias. What fun!!A few oddities from England:-Here's a Potentilla I rescued from a nursery dump last summer- it looked almost dead then but seems healthy now! Also heres a couple of hardy Fuchsia from hardwood cuttings Ive been playing around with,theyre flowering early this year due to the weird weather here
There isn't a hardy fuchsia for my area that I am aware of.I mainly grow Fuchsia magellanica cultivars as they have small leaves and flowers and hardy woody stems which can survive fairly cold winters.
The two I showed are F magellanica Lady Bacon which has very small leaf and F magellanica alba which has white/very pale pink flowers. I think a lot of hanging basket Fuchsias arent winter hardy unless you can keep them in a greenhouse.
What soil do you use for your fuchsia mate?I keep mine outdoors all year round here in England but we dont get the lowest temperatures you experience in winter.
Hardy varieties can survive down to minus 10 F ,minus 23C USDA hardiness zone 6.
These hardy varieties are deciduous so need to be kept dormant in winter and I guess in your climate bonsai fuchsia will need protection from the severe freezing
Thanks. Yeah I thought some humus will be good in there. I have two big ones that i'll be changing the mix this year. They really haven't been doing good in a open mix.For those Fuchsias I used a mix of John Innes number 2 plus akadama and cat litter in roughly equal proportions.
Photos will be difficult. Best to check them out on the net. Good photos on google images.I prefer to keep them in free draining medium for bonsai otherwise they grow too vigorously and with long internodes Could you post some photos of the NZ tree fuchsias? I read they can grow to 12metres tall - shame theyre not frost- hardy!
I will mateDo let us know how you get on with the NZ tree fuchsia cuttings and maybe post a photo when theyre rooted?
It might be worth taking some hardwood cuttings which root quite well as it gives you a more mature looking instant plant for bonsai training.I have had good success with these planted in autumn
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