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Caring for Fuchsia

and water. The roots are formed in 7-10 days. Bunchy and trailing templates

are better to recreate with grafts every two to three years since the

young plants bloom more heavily.

Fuchsias are also possible to reproduce successfully with their leaves.

Well developed leaves are torn away together with footstalks and bedded

at a depth of 1 cm into tender substrate and covered with glass or plastic

cap. Every day, spray them with warm boiled water from a spray gun. When

small rosettes appear at the bottom of the footstalk, transplant them

into containers and further nurse them.

Forming of the leafage. Fuchsias are well suited for

the creation of shaped trees. They can be shaped both from bunchy Fuchsias,

for example, Annabel, and trailing ones, such as Auntie Jinks. There are

three types of standard shapes: table type with a height of 30-45 cm;

lowly, 45-80 cm high; and standard from 80 to 105 cm. For the standard

shape, formation of a good solid enrooted graft of Fuchsia is taken. Fuchsia

has thin and tender branches. To prevent bending, you will need to secure

its straight growth by providing support to it. A bamboo stick is an ideal

option. Cut the bamboo in two; tie the branches at the top and the bottom.

This is convenient and looks natural. The branch itself will begin lignifying

in a year. When remaining branches have formed a head, there will be two

to four buds, which should be nipped off to intensify ramification. This

de-heading should be done regularly. The more de-heading and pruning you

do, the thicker the leafage of your tree becomes. It is important to watch

that only these branches remain that grow “inwards” toward

the head. Then your tree will be filled with foliage.

Trailing varieties of Fuchsias are best grown in hanging baskets or

pot. It will look very impressive if several fuchsia species are set in

one pot – you will have a multicolored firework of delicate beauty.

Pests and diseases. Fuchsias seldom get diseases. Under

conditions of increased humidity, powdery mildew can appear. In this case,

preparation phundazol remedies the plant: 1 g per 1 l of water.

The most widely spread pest of Fuchsias is whitefly. These are tiny

(up to 2mm) specks of white color. They have their name because their

two pairs of wings are covered with white farina. Outwardly they resemble

microscopic moth.

Leaves fall off. The possible reason this occurs is

warm dry air. A common reason for exfoliation of lower leaves is insufficient

watering or lack of light.

Flower buds fall off. The probable reason for this

is disturbance in water treatment (too much or too little water). Other

possible reasons include insufficient light, too much warm air or the

pot was reset to another place or turned with respect to the light.

Short blooming season. The blooming period can decrease

for many reasons. This might happen in the winter if the plan is kept

in a warm room and heavily watered or not fed and watered enough, or because

of light shortage during the growth period.

Brown spots with yellow rims on the leaves. Blotches

on leaves occur if the soil is too damp in the cold season.

When you love your Fuchsia, it will reward you with beautiful blooms

throughout the whole summer!

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