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Len Clark has cancelled the Judges Meeting scheduled for Sunday 26th June 2016 at Blaby
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I hope all your plants are all growing well and you are looking forward to the season now the days are lengthening.
The show pictures for the Harrogate show have been added. Sorry for the delay.
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After the wet and mild winter, the weather has turned cold but with sunny days and overnight frosts. It looks as if it is going to be cold and overcast for the next week or so. I have noticed that many of the spring flowers and shrubs were starting to flower in February, but now everything has been slowed down and things are more normal for the time of year.
A few days ago in mid-March I pruned all my hardy fuchsias hard to the ground as they were starting to make growth from the top of the shoots. It is a good time to do it now in the south but wait another couple of weeks in the north. In colder areas the wood may have been killed down to ground level and it is only a case of removing the dead wood down to ground level, avoiding damaging any new shoots coming up from the ground. This is our recommended way of pruning as the fuchsias will grow strongly and a good shape on all new growth but if you have growth from the old stems and want a larger plant just prune the framework to have a nice shape to bear the new growth. Then treat like an annual flowering shrub and prune some older growths to the ground every year.
If you have bought fuchsias via mail order, unpack them as soon as they arrive. Pot them up in your compost mix into a small pot. The typical plug sizes fit well into 6cm (2½) or 7.5cm (3) pots and water in. Keep them out of direct sunlight in the greenhouse for a couple of days until the plants recover then move them into a sunnier position. If they are unstopped and you are not intending to grow a standard or similar, then remove the tip as a cutting. Cuttings taken like this in March are often quite vigorous and will catch up to the original plant through the growing year. Enjoy your fuchsias!
Fuchsia Gall Mite
Last autumn there have been more cases of Fuchsia Gall mite recorded and so we all need to keep being vigilant. They are still in the South and West and close to the coast however this might not always be the case. So please keep an eye on your plants and those of your neighbours.
We are tracking where and when cases are found - please can you contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the post codes of any places where it is found.
Dont forget if you have any questions on fuchsias please ask us and we will do our best to help we have a great team who will answer your emails.
Please see our fact-sheet on Fuchsia Gall Mite - click here