Types of Standards
Quarter Standard.....10" to 18" clear stem length
Half Standard..........18" to 30" clear stem length
Full Standard.......... 30" to 42" clear stem length
Given a good strong growing
cutting, most varieties of Fuchsia can be made into a standard. Give it
a try. One
word of warning, for a beginner, don't try and grow a full standard, unless
you have the room to keep it frost free over winter, they do get rather
large. Also, a full standard is awkward to transport, if you intend
The trailing varieties
of fuchsia generally make good standards but
do need pinching out at every leaf joint to make the head compact. The
big danger, if you don't tighten the head, is that the branches get so
long that when it does flower, the weight of the flowers might snap the
branch, especially if the flowers are wet.
To look at more Standard
Fuchsias that were on show at the Diamond Festival 1998
he definition of a Mini Standard is one with a clear stem of at least
6" to 10" in height between soil to the lowest branch.
You are limited, if showing, to a 5.25" pot and this does dry
out quickly in warm weather.
This type of standard fuchsia is the nearest to 'Bonsai' that we get,
and does live many years. They can be kept in the house but require frequent
spraying to keep high humidity, or their leaves and flowers fall off.
Most of the small single flowered Fuchsias are suitable for this class.
Quarter Standard of