|Continuing the tutorial on growing standard fuchsias - Part 4: We are
now into the middle of October and have begun placing the standards into
the greenouse to protect them from the elements. Here is a picture of
three of them that were started in March of this year. As you can see,
they have been stopped, and have begun to form the the branches that
will be the head of the standard.
We plan to keep these plants growing slowly over the winter months. The
aim being not to overwater them, and to give them plenty of light. We will
not feed them. With the lower light levels that we get in winter, feeding
would only produce weak spindly growth. The very worst thing you can do in
winter is to overwater, if you do, you WILL lose the plant. The plant
would be unable to handle the excess water in the colder conditions, and
it will drown, the roots will rot and turn brown, and you will have wasted
all your previous skill in creating the standard. So please take care,
pick up the plant, if it feels light, water it. If it feels the slightest
bit heavy, don't water it. If you're unsure whether it's heavy or light,
don't water the plant.
This second picture is of the mature standards that have been cut back
hard and placed in the greenhouse ready for winter. By taking care and
placing them close together, you can get dozens of standards in the
smallest of spaces. If you have an abundance of free space, it's a good
idea to lie the standards on their side. This helps the plant survive the
long winter better, by keeping sap in the trunk. The same care should be taken when watering these,
that is taken with the younger plants shown in the previous picture.