I can’t believe the amount of growth my fuchsia cuttings have put on since I set  them in Amateur Gardening 3 September. Regular readers will know I’m planning to train them as standards for use in the garden next year. I’ll be keeping them in growth over winter so they gain the height and strength needed for a top show next summer.

It’s a job keeping up with the pinching out to remove side growths and developing flowers. It needs doing at least every other day. Already the plants have reached the height of my kitchen window and roots are showing through the pot bases, so it’s time to move them to the conservatory and get them into some bigger pots.

They aren’t far off the required height for training them as full standards, so in the next couple of weeks I’m sure I’ll be removing the growth tips. Even after this time I’ll continue with regular pinching out so the plants concentrate on bulking out their central stems before I allow them to send out shoots to create the framework at the top.

Is anyone else training their own standards for next season? How many are you doing and what varieties are you working with?

  • Kris Collins

    Hi Sue, your best bet would be to ring T&M direct 0844 2485383. If you have no luck. Try the AG office between 9.30-5 on 01202 440 840. Jenny should be able to help you

  • Sue

    Hi Kris, I have tried to order the 12 free fuchsia from your Bumper Xmas double issue but cannot get onto the website given to order. I had this trouble last time any suggestions as I cannot contact Am. Gardening magazine???? Thanks

  • Kris

    Hi Cheryl, just a few inches – certainly no more than three leaf sets. The ‘mother plant’ is still doing well in a container on my patio. If you still have fuchsias in growth i would say there is still time to strike a few cuttings. Good luck

  • cheryl gearing

    hi chris what length were your cutting’s when you first potted them.

  • colin

    Hi Kris
    I’m training a Black Prince.
    Its grown to the required height and the top is slowly becoming a small ball.
    Will be putting in green house shortly, hopefully before the frost set’s in. Will try to get a picture on soon.
    All the best