Fuchsia is an indoor plant, with beautiful pendent bells available in a wide range of varieties. You can grow it as a bush or turn it into a standard or pyramid.
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Water weekly in Spring, twice a week in Summer. After flowering reduce water to once a week. In Winter allow soil surface to dry out completely between watering.
Feed every 2 weeks in Summer with a liquid fertilizer such as Bio.
Re-pot in Spring in loam-based compost.
Sow seeds on the surface of peaty compost, and keep in light. Not all seeds germinate at once.
Take small cuttings of non flowering shoots, each with 2-4 leaves in Spring or Summer. Dip the stems in rooting powder and place them in pots of seed and cutting compost. Cover with glass or plastic. Rooting will take place in about 3 weeks. Pot on the rooted cuttings into 3 inches pots.
Keep the plant in bright light, protected from strong sunshine, if possible near a window to stop shoots becoming straggly. While they are actively growing keep it moist. If the compost is found to be very dry, it should be thoroughly moistened by placing the whole plant in a bucket of tepid water until the surface of compost becomes wet.
When the plant is growing, the side tips should be pinched out every 2 weeks to make it bushy.
When Fuchsia is in flower, do not move it or blooms may drop. Watch out for white-fly, red spider mite, aphids, capsids and caterpillars that may attack the leaves. With outdoor varieties which have spent the Winter outdoors, cut plant back to 1 inch above ground in March.
Fuchsia looks good in hanging baskets, windowsill, in porches, conservatories and patios.
Spray with water twice weekly in Spring and daily in Summer, especially in hot weather.
Well drained soil.
Carrots actually come in a range of colours. White and yellow carrots come from Europe, and purple ones come from the Middle East. The orange ones are a fairly recent invention, created by crossing various other colours.