fuchsia

edited 24 August 2015 at 1:50PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 24 August 2015 at 1:50PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
Next door's front garden was neglected (but not as badly as mine). Geezer simply dug up all the plants and turfed it.

I got some cuttings from the Jerusalem sage that are flourishing, but had a total fail on what I thought was a rather lovely fuchsia. Now however I see that there are two or three little fuchsia plants - maybe 4 inches or a bit more - that have obviously regenerated from the roots. When the lawn is cut they will die the death.

I very much doubt that Geezer will let me dig holes in his turf in order to remove them, so I have nothing to lose by treating them as cuttings. Very young, soft growth. What are my chances of getting them to grow roots? Is it easier with the soft growth rather than harder ones that were all I could take earlier in the year?
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  • REENREEN Forumite
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    Anything's worth a go. I have rooted a cutting from a piece of fuchsia found broken and droopy in a Home Bargains trolley.
  • wellusedwellused Forumite
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    Reen that is what you call moneysaving. :money:
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    Reen that is very definitely money saving. Maybe I should wander round shops in hope of something similar? I am going all out for cuttings so that I can revamp the flower beds in the communal garden at minimal cost ...
  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    I have.... (I'm too ashamed to say it....)... I have made cuttings..... f f fr... from.... um... from ... ...(....) um... grabbing bits that were ... um being chucked in the skip.... at the tip.... as they were about t t to be... minced.... for composting... Gulp.

    I am so ashamed. I mean, tip diving in the street is one thing (Georgian door with handles, several 1850's wooden chairs, marble tiles, all sorts). But grabbing bits of chopped foliage at the tip...

    My name is Dafty, and I have a problem. I am a plantaholic. I am not proud, and admit I need help.
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »

    My name is Dafty, and I have a problem. I am a plantaholic. I am not proud, and admit I need help.

    I know what you mean.

    I was in Homebase last month and there were loads of gone- over anisodontea standards at a "bargain" price, which I felt warranted a really close inspection....

    How was I to know the seeds would just fall into my hand?

    Now I have three of these little chaps to find homes for. It's going to be a tough winter for them, unless I can find a windowsill....

    Where will it end? Everywhere I go: Rosemoor, the supermarket car park, even the woodlands round here, there are plants, whispering to me....

    Why can't other people hear them? :o
  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    You know, when I wrote that post, it was written tongue-in-cheek... you might just have guessed. But, I'd have to admit, it is a problem.

    I'm mid-move (and the buying is taking ages... my sale was... quick). The garden in this rental is quite large. It's one of the bigger in the village. It's full. But, what it's full of are my plants in pots. Hundreds of them. Well, to be honest, it is into the thousands... just. It was more, but the heatwave we had a month or so ago took its toll of the smaller pots with cuttings, and the sustained biblical flooding we're now having isn't the best. Each death I had was genuinely upsetting. Some were of "friends" I had successfully transported between properties for a couple of decades at least...

    Of course, yesterday after shopping, flying past one of those pornographic boxes in front of a house, tempting me with pots of greenery and trailing tendrils... could I resist? No, of course not, so I added a further four to the collection (a very nice Lonicera "Mint Crisp", an olive "Leccino" amongst them, trading their tempting foliage at a pound a pot... a pound for an olive... obscene!). So, that's more pots for the collection.

    I've been in this place less than a month. I'm buying in compost for a change and, so far, have got through about 500 litres of the stuff just through potting up to the next size.... I spend an hour watering, most evenings. It's a biggish lawn, so takes about 45 minutes to mow. But, it takes about three times that long to move the shelving units around, so I can mow...

    The boot of my car (which is still quite new & shiny on the outside) has a series of tatty boxes for transporting plants. Passenger footwell has small piles of soil in, and there are muddy marks on the back seat. (Well, they were selling off trees at the garden centre, and an innocent, pretty young Aronia kept whispering naughty secrets in my direction. She'd only fit safely on the back seat, and she was only £3... so I had her as well.....

    During the working day, I sneak from my computer, and tend to my lovelies.... a little feed here, a light prune there, remove an evil slug, and fling it in the compost heap... Then thirty minutes later, I realise I should be working....

    I am genuinely worried that the place I'm hoping to buy has a large garden. I mean really large. I might just become over-absorbed.

    But, at least there's a huge compost heap to be buried in. I suspect my tolerant wife might snap one day, and need somewhere to dispose of the corpse!
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    Not quite 24 hours on and my hydrangea and fuchsia cuttings are looking happy. Fingers crossed for them.

    Now I need more pots and probably another window sill or two for the hebe, skimmia and rock rose cuttings that I will be taking before the (straggly, not worth saving) parent plants disappear/get damaged by the patio installation. I also have my eye on Geezer's lavender, and there is beautiful pyracantha hedge a few streets away ... I am really getting into this.
  • edited 25 August 2015 at 11:30AM
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    edited 25 August 2015 at 11:30AM
    Just Say No. :p

    Best advice to avoid the addiction....

    Mind you, carrying straight on, for all three cuttings (skimmia, rock rose and hebe), plant deep in gritty soil, hebe often has rooted side stems that help. Keep them out of direct sun for a month or two, and keep the soil damp but not wet. Best to avoid leggy rock-rose cuttings, as they tend to rot easily. Lavender is also pretty easy, but I always find quite a few fail in the first couple of weeks, so do plenty, 4" to 6" bits are best, pulled off with a small "heel" from the main stem.

    Just a warning. From your description, your lovely Fuchsia might be phygelius, the Cape Fuchsia. Beautiful, yes, takes cuttings, yep, easily, but boy, does it travel. Any bit of root left, and up it comes. Simplistically, it has more tubular flowers than most... Your softer cuttings this time will take faster, but they are more likely to suffer fungal attack... keep them clean, and clear of leaf debris.

    Anyway, welcome to the addict's club. In fact:


    Welcome to the jungle we've got fun and games
    We got everything you want honey, we know the names
    We are the people that can find whatever you may need
    If you got the money honey we got your disease

    Oh, and apologies for ... pouring my heart out on your tidy thread... :D

    Edit to add: those
    straggly, not worth saving
    plants will make dozens of baby plants: just dig them up, and plant them deep, very deep, up to their necks... three months later, all those stems will be rooted, you pot them up, stick them in a box by the roadside, a quid each, and someone comes along ... you are then a dealer.... ! :o
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    Dafty, if I clear just the first bit of communal bed, I'll have about 40 foot by about 5 foot to fill. East facing. I suspect the bramble will be the worst thing to get rid of, but there are sycamore stumps, self seeded sycamores and self seeded ash too, so I'll have to spend on a weed membrane until the plants get established. And once my bit is sorted, I don't want the weeds invading it.

    I'm no great shakes at design so big, preferably pretty, bushes seem to be the way to go. Then I can put some smaller perennials in amongst them.

    That does sound like Geezer's fuchsia - there are even more little plants coming up than I first thought. I'll keep it to the far end of the bed (assuming the cuttings take) but rampant fuchsia has to be better than rampant weeds.
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