The Fuchsia Mission Explained
I hope that will accompany me on this Mission During the next few years. I will be logging my progress and taking lots of Fuchsia photographs as I care for some Fuchsia cuttings taken during the year 2000, and grow them on throughout the coming months to hopefully win, or at least get placed in one of the Fuchsia classes at each of the following two shows.
Firstly, The Ashfield District Horticultural Show to be held on 9th and 10th of August 2003, at Lawn Park, close to Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, and secondly, The Moorgreen Country Show which will be held on the 24th and 25th of August 2003 at Moorgreen Showground, near to the village of Moorgreen in Nottinghamshire. Please note that Fuchsia Shows here in the UK are competitive events, with prizes being awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I hope you will accompany me on this mission to try and secure one of these awards at the 2003 shows. We have already had great success at the 2001 and 2002 shows.
Fuchsia Cuttings Taken
The mission was started on Monday the third of April in the year 2000. On that day I took the cuttings that will hopefully provide show winning exhibits for the two delegated flower shows in August of 2003. I took cuttings of Waveney Sunrise (a particular favourite of mine, makes an excellent standard) Gordon Thorley, a very good upright Fuchsia named after a local judge, Come Dancing, an old favourite, Herald, another old variety, Star of Pink, which can make a large bush, Pink Marshmallow and Phyllis another two old, but good varieties.
I will be taking lots of photographs of the cuttings as they develop and keeping this information up to date month by month. Click on the monthly links available on this page to see the photos and read the latest information. When preparing the cuttings I take small tip cuttings as I remove them from the plants, these consist of the fresh, green growing tip of the current years growth, together with one pair of leaves. I always find that the smaller the cutting, the quicker it will root. I root them in pots or trays of peat based potting compost mixed with perlite. These are well watered in to help the compost settle around the base of the cutting. The pots or trays are then placed in an electric propagator and covered with the clear plastic cover to retain the humidity. They are not watered again and are usually well rooted in between 21 to 28 days.
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