Small Pot Culture

 

Small Pot Culture



Whatever you think about the merits of ' Small Pot Culture ', 3.5" to 4" pots, there is no doubt that there are quite a number of people who like to grow and show, this size of Fuchsia. It is no mean feat, to deliver a small pot covered all over with blooms.
I think that one reason for the popularity, is the fact that it doesn't take as much room to either grow or transport. In a small garden, space is at a premium, you can of course grow more different varieties in your available space.
The criticism of this method of growing Fuchsias is that it is not natural, too much like 'Bonsai' ing the fuchsia to achieve the small compact shape with masses of blooms all over. Make no mistake, to achieve this result, a tremendous amount of skill, ability and patience is required, but with practice it can be done.
It is most satisfying to grow in this manner but is quite demanding of your time. It is more critical, the time needed to keep the plant watered, it does dry out quickly, especially when the plant is growing fast and in the hotter weather. The small pot must not be allowed to dry out or the fine roots will die and retard the growth. It is advisable to use capillary matting under the plants to supplement the watering and give humidity for the plants.
To achieve some degree of success, you need to start early with either an autumn cutting or if you buy in your cuttings, a very early cutting, these to be grown with heat during the winter period.
Starting so early, gives you the necessary time for the pinching out that is needed, to gain the shape and framework to the plant.
Give the method a try, it can be achieved, you won't get early flowers but when it does flower, it is well worth the time involved to see the masses of blooms.
Nearly all the suggested varieties in ' Small Pot' sections are small single flower cultivars, not many doubles lend themselves to this growing technique with having large blooms, although more small doubles are being hybridised.


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