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'Fuchsia Buds Of May'

Breeding fuchsias: Part 2: Hybridisation

…flowers appear. The first flowers on the parent fuchsias are allowed to flower normally - they are used to provide the pollen for the later flowers which are used as the seed parents. Next I select a bud on both parents which is about to open, pop the bud between my fingers - this must be done very…

How to grow fuchsias

…Blog * Competitions * How to grow fuchsias How to grow Fuchsias There are few plant groups that are as diverse as the fuchsia. These exotic looking beauties are firm favourites for their pendant flowers in a wonderful range of colour combinations. Fuchsias may be deciduous or evergreen depending…

How To Prune a Clematis

…or weak stems, cutting back to a pair of healthy buds. Avoid heavy pruning at this stage as you may reduce the early flowers. In early summer, after the first flush of flowers has finished, prune back flowered stems to a set of strong healthy buds or a side shoot just below the faded blooms. This…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 16th May 2014

…of young stems at this time of the year and the first obvious signs are often when the buds begin to wilt. Alternatively it may be a disease such as Clematis wilt which tends to hit plants just before the buds open. Are there any other symptoms? If you have a picture and a bit more information then…

How To Grow Rhubarb - Growing Rhubarb

…the buds exposed to cold winter weather. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure around the crown of the plant. This will help to conserve moisture in the soil and keep the weeds down, as well as feeding the plants for the following growing season. Take care not to cover the crown as this may cause…

Facebook questions December 12th

…plenty of leaves and buds but it now looks dull in colour will it be ok? We have had a lot of snow and freezing evenings. Answer: Hi Maria, it sounds like the freezing temperatures have slowed or completely stopped your Fuchsia's growth. If you have a hardy variety of Fuchsia then the plant will…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 22nd February 2013

…growth. Wait until the weather starts to warm up and the buds begin to swell before pruning, making your cuts just a above a pair of buds. As your Fuchsia is growing in a pot, make sure you sprinkle some slow-release fertiliser such as our Fuchsia fertiliser on the compost surface to help the plant…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 4th April 2014

…your fuchsias probably haven't been knocked back by frosts as much as they normally would. Summer-flowering shrubs such as Fuchsia and Buddleja produce a better overall shape, and bigger and better flowers if pruned hard in the spring. I would prune all the stems back to the lowest healthy bud or…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 9th March 2012

…keep losing your Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'. I'm afraid I can't explain why it would die after the worst of the winter has passed unless you have had a sudden very cold spell that followed some unseasonably warm weather. Have you investigated the stems at the base of the plant? They may have died back…

What to do in the garden in February

…from ornamental grasses before growth begins - clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground. * • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot. * • Prune Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering to encourage new growth for next year's…

Plant Breeding at Home

…this immediately before they cross-pollinate. You may be left with only a few plants which fit your aim. You could then leave the bees to cross your selections. Harvest the seed of your plants separately, for best results. The selection process may take two or more seasons. It should continue until…

How To Grow Wistera

…between July and September. This is when the buds are formed for next year's flowers. If they run short of water during these months this can reduce your display in the following summer. * Frost - Spring frosts can sometimes cause the developing buds to drop before they get a chance to open. The…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 19th April 2013

…My small Pear tree is ambushed by Bamboo, can I move the Pear tree now with buds on. Due to weather coulnt do it sooner. I live WEST LONDON/SOUTH EAST.UK. Thank you. Answer: Hi Ann, as we've had a late spring this year you may be ok to move it now, although it's generally best not to move pear trees…

Facebook Question and Answer Session 27.06.14

…individual leaves then this may be an indication that the plant has Camellia Yellow Mottle Virus. It tends to be confined to individual branches which can easily be pruned out. There is no chemical control for this virus but it doesn't really harm the plant particularly and may even disappear with…

Edible Flowers Guide

…chops on a barbecue. Filipendula ulmaria The sweetly scented flowers can be eaten in salads or added to homemade wine. Fuchsia The stunning colours and graceful shape of fuchsias make them ideal as a green or fruit salad garnish. They look very decorative if crystallised or inserted into jelly. The…

What to do in the garden in January

may well need a bit of a boost when they regrow in spring. We recommend mulching with compost and using fertiliser such as Incredibloom etc as this will help the plants when they need it. In the flower garden * • Prune your Wisteria plant now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds. *…

How to Grow Hydrangeas

…and to improve the shape of the plant. In cold areas leave the faded hydrangea flower heads in place until the new buds swell in spring. This helps to protect the delicate buds from frost damage. If necessary, neglected Hydrangea plants will tolerate hard pruning to form a low framework of stems…

What to do in the garden in March

…cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth. * • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot. * • Prune Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering to encourage new growth for next year's…

Facebook questions jan 21st

…please. Answer: Hi Jo, it's best to prune Fuchsias in the spring as Kevin has suggested. If you notice any weak spindly growth, cut these shoots right back to the base. If your Lady Boothby is well established, prune out the oldest stems when the fresh buds begin to break, aiming to keep an open…

Top 10 cut flowers to grow at home

…for the benefit of organic gardeners that protecting roses against blackspot may well require spraying with fungicides. Sue's Top Tip: When growing roses as cut flowers, be ruthless and remove any poorly placed flower buds that are unlikely to make good cut flowers to direct energy into the best…

Facebook Question and Answer session 11th July 2014

…reasons why the fruits may be dropping, but yes, it is possible that they have not been fertilised if they are dropping whilst still very small. Another reason might be that the plant has suffered water stress during a period of hot weather. Inconsistent moisture levels may cause fruit drop,…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 2nd November 2012

…plants. You could plant your young perennials out in late spring/ early summer next year, but bear in mind that they will still be quite small and may succumb to competition from larger plants. It might be better to grow them on until next autumn to make bigger, more substantial plants. You will…