Overwintering fuchsias and bacopa

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Overwintering fuchsias and bacopa

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November 15th, 2003, 10:04 am #1

Have saved some fuchsias and bacopa from hanging baskets and have put them in my small plastic greenhouse. They are still flowering very well. Question is,
should they be cut right back for the winter, or should I leave them as they are? Have never saved anything from one year to the next like this before and
would appreciate some advice.




Thanks,


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November 15th, 2003, 11:48 am #2

A lot depends on how many you have as how to keep them.
For instance if you only have a few you can keep them ticking over in a cool room, if you have a lot it is best to put them to sleep for the winter, to explain;
With Bacopa; * Week 44; Take plants indoors and trim them to a regular shape in preparation for winter storage.
They need a minimum temperature of 4C(40F) and should be kept very lightly moist in a brightly lit position.
Fuchsia can be a bit more involved, too much to write about here so look in the 'Fuchsia' serction of my website for winter care.
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November 15th, 2003, 12:15 pm #3

Scotia, just read the advice on your site. Just curious, what is the reason for storing them on their side?
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November 15th, 2003, 2:11 pm #4

Simply to save space, but it is not essential, particularly if you are allowing them to 'tick over'
I know of people who dig holes in their garden and bury them........thats too much like hard work for me
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November 15th, 2003, 11:22 pm #5

With Fuchsias I trim them back in October and take all leaves off. November I cut the roots back and plce in the next size pot down. Keep them frost free and just moist, when growth is large enough to take cuttings some time end November / early December, all side shoots are stopped at one pair leaves unless you need for cuttings. This makes for a nice round bush.

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November 16th, 2003, 2:21 pm #6

Yes I agree with you Trevor.
However the reason I do mine a bit different is; I go away on holiday in early February so the less plantlife that is going on at that time is better for me.
Basically I treat mine as biennials i.e. I renew my stock every year. I take my cuttings in spring and bed out the parent plants in my borders and just let them die off like bedding plants.
p.s. this is how I find out how hardy some of the so called 'non hardy' plants are. i.e. I just leave them out unprotected to see how they go on.
This also means I have relatively small plants to put to bed in the winter months, meaning they take up less space, something that is always at a premium at this time of the year..
Isn't it interesting how we all tackle situations to suit our own personal needs. I think if gardening was an exact science I would probably give it up.....too boring!
Then of course this situaton always gives us more to discuss on the forum.



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November 17th, 2003, 10:47 pm #7

Thanks everyone, for the Good advice.
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