Richard Jackson blog

March 10, 2009

Geranium and fuchsia FAQs

Hi everyone,

The gardening team at QVC have put together some handy FAQs for growing geraniums and fuchsias - I hope you find them useful... 

Hardy geraniums Hardy geraniums

How will my geraniums arrive? 
Your plants will arrive as size 1 bare roots.

How big do these geraniums grow to?
Your geraniums will grow up to about 50cm (20") in height and the blooms about 3cm - 4cm (1.2" - 1.6") in width.

Are geraniums perennial? 
Yes, they'll flower year after year.

How long will they flower for?
They'll flower from May through to September.

How many blooms per plant?
Hardy geraniums produce literally hundreds of blooms every season.

Can I plant them outside straight away?
You can plant these geraniums straight into the ground as long as it's not frozen or waterlogged.

How can they be planted?
These geraniums are best suited to borders and containers.

What's the best position to plant these geraniums?
You can grow them in full sun or partial shade

Which way up should I put them in the ground?
Roots should go into the ground first.

Should I dead head for better results?
Removing old flowered stems and leaves in midsummer will rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded.

What other plants complement geraniums?
Your geraniums will look great as part of a herbaceous border.

Are geraniums poisonous to cats?
No.

See this hardy geranium collection

View our entire range of geraniums

 

Fuchsias Fuchsia 'Buds of May'

How big do these fuchsias grow to?
These flowers have a trailing habit and the blooms grow up to 6cm (2.5") across.

How many blooms per plant?
500 plus blooms per season, per plant!

How do they come? 
They arrive as 3cm (1.2") plug plants.

Are fuchsias perennial? 
No, these are annual plants.

How long will my fuchsias flower for?
They flower from July through to the first frosts.

Can I plant them outside straight away? 
Your plants are best potted up and grown on first to ensure a superb display. Pot on the individual plugs into 9cm (3.5") pots using multi-purpose compost. Grow them on a light windowsill but out of direct sunlight. When your fuchsias are big enough, pinch out the tips to make them bushier. Keep them inside until the frosts have passed.

How can they be planted?
They're best suited to containers and hanging baskets.

What fertiliser should I use?
The 'Buds of May' collection is supplied with a bespoke fuchsia fertiliser. It includes high-quality fertiliser granules that release balanced nutrients in the container. Just one application lasts the whole season.

What's the best position to plant these fuchsias?
Plant them outside in either sun or shade.

Should I dead head for better results?
Yes.

What other plants complement fuchsias? 
Fuchsias work well with most other bedding plants such as busy lizzies, geraniums and petunias.

Which way up should I put the fuchsias in the ground?
Roots should go into the ground first.

How long will they last in their plastic containers?
These are annual plants and will only last one season.

Are fuchsias poisonous to cats?
No.

See this Fuchsia 'Buds of May' collection

View our entire range of fuchsias

 

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Hi
I purchased the climbing Fuchsia this year, what do I need to do with them in the winter, do I prune them and leave them outside ?

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Hi Richard
I lke G White purchased the climbing fushia and my question is the same , do I prune Back fairly hard like I would my normal hardy fushia or is there a different method with the climbers, They have been brilliant by the way.
Regards Jenny

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I puchased the trailing fuschia last year but they did not grow beyond 2 - 3 foot. It was a big disappointment as they looked nothing like the ones on display in the program.

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Hello, please can you tell me when your bedding geraniums will be in stock to order?
Thankyou
Nora Coatman

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Please can u give me planting instructions for GERANIUM SKYROCKET as they do not correspond with any 'types of geranium' in the booklet supplied, neither do any of the colours. Also can I plant rosebud geraniums directly into the hanging basket? Purchased the Stargazer lilly collection last year, the flowers they produced and the 'heady purfume' were fantastic. Lost count of the comments I recieved, wonderful, thankyou!!!!!!!

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I purchased the new evergreen fuchsia from QVC recently and I have forgotten the name and how to handle it.
Please let me know the name. they were 3 plants for £15.00 and free postage.
they are really doing well.
thanks

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hi richard i brought 3fuchsia from my nursery thay are ment to grow ever year but thay are like dead sticks .please can you help thank you

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Richard,bought the Lady Boothby climbing Fuchsia's years ago when TSV but have never had more than 20-30 buds, they are planted in different areas,have also used your root booster but no luck any ideas.

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Hi Richard. I purchased the Lady Boothbys last year and all five did well - till this winter. I had two on a sheltered SW facing fence, 2 on a sheltered NW facing fence and one in a pot which I tucked close to the house for the winter, but I've sadly lost all of them. I thought they were hardy - should I have prepared them for winter treating them as half-hardy?

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Hi,
I bought the Lady Boothby fuscias, both the 5 smaller plug plants and the larger 3 plug plants. The 3 larger plants have just arrived. All plants were healthy looking, but one was damaged in transit. Whereas the other two are healthy bushy plants, the stem was broken on the other one, just above the 1st set of leaves. My question is, will it recover and still grow properly?

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Hi Richard i purchased 5 ground cover geranium on your anniversary program earlier this year but only two have come through any ideas what went wrong i covered them up at night incase of frost

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Hi richard ipurchased 3climing fuscias they arrive in small pots so iwatered them they looked a bite twigy it said in the booklet they will be fine but 2 of them are still twigy na the otheir 1 has just died very disapointed with them.

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Hi Richard,
I purchased both geraniums and fushcias from qvc and id like to know how to over winter them .I have greenhouse , but I do not heat it. I brought quite a large amount so dont want to loose them.
Also I purchased busy lizzies early in the year ,I potted them on immediatley but the results have not been what I expected !
What was the problem ?

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I have been really pleased with climbing fuscia Lady Boothby,it reached over 5ft tall. Are they hardy and do I need to prune them?

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Hi,
I purchased a few different types of hardy fushias last yr,they were beautiful.They now just look like big twigs in my planters.Is this usual?Im sure they were called something like Delta?? n army nurse . Please help.

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so many questions on fuchsias no answers, come on richard ,lets have the know how ....

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how do i overwinter my geraniums to ensure their survival please i do have a greenhouse thanks pauline

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Hi Richard
I purchased geraniums last year fron qvc they were very nice however i have only managed to keep one as it is a bright red one but now it is in the conservatory and is long and lanky can i take cuttings from it as i have mislaid the dvds that came with them and i seem to remember the gentleman doing cuttings and putting them in a pot and they came if so do you use power on the roots or not rgds

elizabeth kelly
ps not a gardener but standing in for mum who is ill

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hi richard,bought climbing fuchsias last year had agood show but untill now only one seems too be growing ,has the winter affected them cut them back too 2 feet begainning of year, will they recover later in year live in newcastle upon tyne area,
edward turner

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Hi Richard,
I purchased Begonia's two years ago, you say you let them die down before the first frosts but mine flower until the frosts are here do I have to stop them flowering at the end of September.
Barry White

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Hi there Richard can you or anybody tell me the amount of Flower Power that I should add to a hose end sprayer please? I cannot find one at QVC as you mention with Flower Power so would like to know how much should be used in a conventional hose end sprayer that I have already

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hi richard
i purchased some rosebud geraniums last friday its been over a week now and they still havent arived can you tell me when i will get them please

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Hi Richard I purchased the hardy geranium item no 500642 in May I followed your instructions on planting them, but so far there has been no sign of any growth ? please advise on this problem, Many thanks. Patricia Brown.

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Hi Richard

I purchased a Gardenia plant from you in May however, it is not growning i use flower power feed, it is in a pot with good compost can you give me any help please as I am very disappointed. I allways purchase plants from your show and have had some very good results.
hope you can HELP
Reards Mel

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Hi I purchased TSV last April time for some lovely geraniums set they where fantastic and would like to reorder some more . Can you let me know the name and if possible order no I think they came in a set of 5 or 6 andonly needed to be 1 per pot and they where lovely ...thank you k.

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Hi Richard are you going to show any upright fuchsias in the next few months please, thanks Pat

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Hi Richard

Can you tell me what geraniums are the smallest ones to grow and I they grow in sun and shade.

marjorie

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