We do not feel that fuchsias are hard to grow, and would suggest that reasonable good results should be obtained without much previous experience by following these simple steps.
The plants we send out are in soil blocks. On arrival they should be watered and potted into 3.5 in pots in John Innes No. 2 which should be obtained fresh.
They make fairly rapid growth, and dependent on the time of year, they should require repotting into 5-in pots in about a month to six weeks, into John Innes No. 3.
We suggest you carry out these instructions for all varieties of fuchsia plants if obtain early, even if the plants are to be planted outside later as this enables you to plant them slightly deeper and avoid the risk of the roots being frosted in the coming winter.
There are various methods of training Fuchsias, i.e.:-
Bush- Generally speaking, to obtain a normal plant one should stop at each three to four pairs of leaves and allow six to eight weeks for flowering from a pinch. It should be noted here that Fuchsias flower normally speaking form June to October, and should then rest through the winter, until early spring.
Plants obtained in the spring can be potted on, gradually increasing the size of the pot, and produce good strong plants for the summer. Never place outside until all risk of frost has passed. Regular watering and weekly feeding is all that is required when the final pot size has been obtained.