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Turquoise Puya

 

Fuchsia denticulata

 

Planting the seeds

 

Plant your seeds promptly for best germination

 

 Getting started -- Use small containers or cups that have drainage holes.  For soil, use a well draining soil mix, such as 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse sand.  An alternate mix is equal parts of coir fiber and perlite.  Don't add lime to the mix.

 Fill each container with soil, but don't pack it down.  Place a seed or 2 on top, and sprinkle a thin layer of soil on top - just enough to barely cover the seeds, to allow some light in, to help germination.  Add water until the soil is evenly moist (but not saturated).

 Until the seeds sprout, ensure that the soil surface does not dry out.  If you enclose the pots in a plastic dome or bag to maintain moisture, leave it open a crack to allow some fresh air in. 

 Keep the pots at about 65-75 degrees F (18-24C).  A little cooler at night is ok.  Avoid letting them get above 78F (26C).  I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots.  Keep the pots in a bright spot, but not in direct sun.

 The seeds should begin sprouting within 4-5 weeks, but allow up to 10 weeks.  If you have more than one seedling in each container, snip off the weaker one(s) after 4 weeks - or carefully transplant it.  Give your seedlings bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. 

 I recommend growing them indoors the first few months.  Fuchsias don't like dry air.  Over about 40% humidity is best. 

Watering - Fuchsias like evenly moist soil, but it shouldn't be constantly saturated either. 

Fertilizing -- For the first month, it's best to give a very dilute (1/8 strength) liquid fertilizer.  Hydroponic fertilizer is perfect for young seedlings, since it is easily absorbed and complete.  After the first month, feed about every 2 months with a slow-release (pelleted or organic) fertilizer, or feed monthly with a liquid fertilizer at half strength.

Transplanting -- When your plants are 2-3 months old, you may gently transfer them to a larger pot.  Water the soil first, and avoid letting the soil ball break apart, which can damage the roots.  After transplanting, give no sun or liquid fertilizer the first week.

 Growing onward..

 This Fuchsia is a forest plant, so it prefers filtered sunlight or morning sun, with protection from strong afternoon sun.  It prefers moderate temperatures and cool nights.  It is said to be one of the more heat-resistant Fuchsias, although i don't know if it will thrive if temperatures regularly get above 85 degrees F (29C), particularly if nights are warm.  It is reported to handle down to about 25 degrees F (-4C), although i recommend protecting it from prolonged frosts.

Pests to watch for - Watch for any pests that can affect your other plants. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Have fun growing them!

- Jeff

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