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Last year I bought a beautiful purple and pink trailing fuschia which unfortunately was left in its hanging basket throughout the snow and ice. To my amazement it survived and is now flowering but has lost its trailing-ness and is growing ever skywards - does anyone have any ideas as to why? Thanking you in anticipation.



Are the flowers exactly like the ones on the plant last year? Or slightly/very different?

15 Aug, 2011


They look the same only bigger - there is a picture of last years on page 2 of my photos. Perhaps it needs more flowers to weigh down the branches.

15 Aug, 2011


What I can't discover is whether trailers are grafted or not - occurs to me that maybe this is growth off the rootstock. Alternatively, the cold has altered the genes sufficiently for the plant to now produce thicker, stronger stems - the only reason trailers trail is because they have weak stems. Whatever the cause, this plant is obviously adaptable and a survivor, lol!

15 Aug, 2011


Thankyou Bamboo. My daughter gave me her hanging basket fuschias about 4 years ago and they are giants. I cut them right back in winter and up they spring again with blooms as big as my palms. I think it may be because they are in a sheltered spot.

15 Aug, 2011

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