THE BRITISH FUCHSIA SOCIETY
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Summer 2022
The weather this year has been challenging! First April rather dry overall though wetter in the north. The days were reasonably bright, after the dull march but with air frost still in the south. May was slightly warmer than average, but with below average sunshine in the North and west, but brighter in the east and southeast. The last few days of May and the first two weeks of June have been warm and the last few days have seen some record temperatures in the south with very warm air coming up from the continent, but much cooler in the north. It has now cooled again and rained, but there is the likelihood of more hot air coming up from the continent. I hope all your fuchsias are surviving and growing well. Hardy fuchsias in the garden despite their delayed start are now coming into flower.
We are hoping currently that seven of the BFS national shows will go ahead in 2022 but we still cannot be certain so please keep an eye on the news items and the BFS Facebook page for any updates. The show schedules can be downloaded from the members pages.
The 2022 “show offer” on membership is now open and any new member joining from now to the end of October 2021 will have their membership continue to until 31st October 2023. You can join via our membership page using the online form and PayPal or download a membership form and send to the Secretary with a cheque.
The Summer Bulletin will be posted out to all members on Tuesday 21st June. This is the first issue ever to be produced in full colour. The Editor and the Committee are very interested to hear your feedback
Next year will be our eighty-fifth anniversary year and a Festival of Fuchsias is being planned as part of the 2023 Malvern Autumn Show. More details will be published as more is known, but your support of this event will be greatly appreciated.


TOP TEN SHOW VARIETIES (2021)
GROWING TIPS (SUMMER)
Greenhouse
  • Remove any old or yellowing leaves and treat any pests or disease as soon as seen. Whitefly can be a difficult problem in the summer if they become established.
  • Ensure the greenhouse has suitable shading and good ventilation. Some growers remove some glass from the apex ends of the greenhouse and cover with netting.
  • Keep the humidity up in hot weather by wetting the greenhouse floor and benches. This will discourage red spider mite.
  • Turn plants through 90° every few days
  • Preferably water your plants in the early morning, not when the greenhouse is in full sun in the middle of the day. Any plants which flag despite not being dry, do not give them more water, but move them to a cool shady place.
  • It is generally too hot in June, July and August to take good cuttings. Wait until the late summer and early autumn to take them.
Outside
  • Garden hardy fuchsias should now be coming into flower. Keep any beds hoed through to keep down weeds. A second application of granular balanced fertiliser can also be hoed in in June. Established hardy fuchsias should not need any watering except in an exceptionally long dry spell. Newly planted hardy fuchsias should be given a good soak weekly until established.
  • Any decorative pots, planters, baskets etc should be kept watered and fed regularly. Remove any dead flowers or forming berries (seedpods) to ensure that the fuchsias will continue to flower.
  • Any tall structures e.g. standards which are growing outside, ensure they are well supported to prevent them blowing over and being damaged.
  • Most plants grown for show, should have had their finals stops except for the September shows. These will be made towards the end of June and early July. As a rough guide 60 days for singles, 65 to 70 days for semi-doubles and 70 to 75 days for doubles. However, some cultivars will behave differently needing shorter or longer times, so you need to get to know the varieties you are growing.
  • Keep a close eye on outside plants for any signs of growing tips being infected with fuchsia gall mite, especially after strong winds. If any tips are found to be infected, cut them back thee nodes below the damage and spray the plant with a pyrethroid based insecticide.