The fuchsia and I have had several fleeting acquaintances in the past. I’ve always hoped that the fuchsia would take up permanent residency in our garden, but this wishful thinking never came to pass.
I bought yet another two fuchsias a couple of months ago. Why? There’s something about the fuchsia’s skirts, frills and flounces that I can’t resist.
But just which fuchsias did I get? I googled to check and saw an amazing line up of ballerinas, can-can and flamenco dancers. The myriad of pendulous forms and colours had me in a tizzy. I couldn’t find the proper names for them, but no matter – as long as they survived.
I was advised to water the fuchsias well and to give them good air-circulation. Apparently these pernickety plants do not like wet feet; nor do they like the media to dry out.
For the moment, they are still alive; but for how long?
These past few days have been real scorchers, so things don’t look too rosy for my friends. I wonder if they have what it takes to pull through this acid test. I sure hope so.
Care and propagation: shade to bright light away from intense heat; compost; water generously; propagate using cuttings or seeds