++***++ Fuchsia care during the summer months - keeps your plants healthy ++***++

Fuchsia care in the summer quarter

Locations and environmental conditions - summer care

The fuchsias  prefer semi shade with changing light conditions to grant continuous blooming instead of full sunny sides - most of the fuchsia growers and addicts know that.

The large number of fuchsias from the hybrid pool and also Triphylla varieties tolerate more sun than others. When asked about the ideal locations in the garden for fuchsias new comers normally get the  the answer - at a east side of your house or in allusion to a shady tree or shrubs group.

Less well known is that within alpine areas with cool nights have an extremely positive impact the induction of new flowers.

The fuchsias tolerate more sun and heat than fuchsias addicts think. When fuchsia growers from southern Spain, Portugal or from the southern main islands of Japan - areas where the average summer temperatures are above 30 ° C  level - report their successes they have in growing fuchsias outdoors  - this quickly get clear.

Maybe you ask yourself now - what's right now or are the going to fool me? What do I have to do to keep my plants vital and how do I avoid damaged flowers?

Obviously, the local conditions - like, whether the plants are still in pots or planted out as well as parameters such as regular watering, humidity control, pest control and low nitrate fertilizer have more influence than initially assumed.

Here some thoughts:

Plant them into the open ground - as it is done with other pot plants during the summer months -  due to the constant amounts of humitidy fuchsias are less vulnerable to stress. Stress on plants during times with constant high temperatures manifests in reduced formation bud, shedding buds and leaves.

A trigger for this is substance that is synthesized in the root zone of the plants called Abszissic acid which has influence on diverse plant life cycles.

Avoid it, therefore, to place pot plants with black pot material into the full sun. Because the heat absorbtion is higher compared to ceramic material or plastic in other colorshades.

Low-nitrate fertilizers (see also fuchsias fertilization) during the hot season save the hair roots of your plants and keep them away from getting busted. If you are fertilizing during this time, then use weak aqueous solutions of the fertilizer in the evenings or early morning hours. Depot fertilizers are less critical than others.

Don't water heated pots of plants during the hours of sunshine. Let the soil cool down first! Irrigation via saucers under the pots have an extreme positive impact on hot days.

I tend even to water or spray my plants several times a day in smaller doses.
In Spain, the plants normally get a spray shower after the onset of darkness to prepare them for the next day.

Also spraying your plants with aqueous glucose solutions has a positive effect on your plants. After the initial spray event the glucose is absorbed via the leaves and converted by enzymes into glucose-6-phosphate which is an essential energy component, that plants can metabolise.

In the case of prolonged heat, it is also advisable to place fuchsias that like more sun into the shade to (with shade umbrellas, shade mats .....).

Remove also periodically yellow leaves, set seed pods and old tried flowers. The plants need the stored energy reserves to pump sufficient water from the root zone in the shoot tips.



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