Growth of Fuchsia 

This time we show you growth of a plantlet of Fuchsia.

Fuchsia is propagated mainly by cutting. Media for cutting bed is 1 finest-grained Kanuma pumice and 1 vermiculite. On this issue, let's focus on a plantlet of F. cv. "Galadriel" in right end of this picture.

Above picture shows a pantlet about a month after cutting. It bears more leaves than just after cutting.
As a media of repotting, the Garden uses a mixture of 5 sphagnum moss peat, 4 small-grained Kanuma pumice and 1 vermiculite. However, garden soil that is available at an ordinary garden centre also works well.

About two months after cutting. It is taller than a month before with increased number of leaves.

In three months after cutting, the plantlets flowers as you can see in this picture, ready for an exhibition in the Flower Shop for sale.

Points of care of Fuchsia in winter are;
---Expose in sunshine beyond lace curtain in the daytime.
---Keep in a room with light on at night, avoiding direct attack of the hot dry wind of air-conditionner.
---When you turn the light off and go to sleep, keep the plant in cool place, because high temperature without light cause the plant to exhaust.

We hope you find these advise helpful.


Fuchsia Species -F. arborescens- 

Fuchsia arborescens ranges from Mexico to Panama, a tall plant about 1.5-8m high at the margin of compound forests or meadows.
Leaves are arranged in opposite ppairs or whorls of 3. Numerous, never pendulous, red purple to pink flowers are arranged in a panicle at the end of the stem.

This species is classified in Section Schufia with F. paniculata. Corymb-like panicle is the characteristic for this section.

This is the first Fuchsia species that was used as a parent of crossbreeding in Britain. It is also known for its heat-tolerance.

Fuchsia Species -F. paniculata- 

Fuchsia paniculata was named because of its corymb like panicle.

Some plants of F. paniculata bear perfect flowers, others bear only female flowers. It is similar nature to F. procumbens, a species from New Zealand and an only yellow-flowered one in the genus.

The genus Fuchsia consists of 125 species in total, divided into 11 sections.
Section Schufia consists of two species, F. paniculata from Costa Rica and F. arborescens from Mexico.

Fuchsia Species -3- F. magellanica 

Today, two varieties of F. magellanica are introduced here.

F. magellanica, named for its origin, is distributed in southern portion of South America;Chile, Argentine and Peru.
It is a fundamental parent of numerous garden varieties of Fuchsias. It is a very hardy plant, and it has many varieties.

F.magellanica var. macrostema 'Tricolor'
This variety can survive the winter outdoors provided it's kept free from frost or snow. Its leaves are pink to white at their edge and very beautiful, so even without a single flower it is very useful ornamental plant.

F.magellanica var. molinae 'Sharpitor'
This variety has a similar flower with that of F. magellanica var. alba, the hardiest among varieties of F. magellanica. You can distinguish 'Sharpitor' from var. alba by its spotted leaves.

Fuchsia Species -2- F. magellanica var. alba 

Today we focus on a variety of Fuchsia magellanica, var. alba.

A typical flower of F. magellanica consists of red calyx tubes, red sepals, and dark blue purple petals.
F. magellanica var. alba has a flower that is completely different from the typical one. Its calyx tube and sepals are very faintly pinkish but almost white, hence it was named alba('white' in Latin).


Its petals are pale lavender. Generally it's less striking compared to typical F. magellanica, but it has somewhat soft and feminine atmosphere. It's one of my favorite varieties.