This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
We observe that Messrs. Veitch and Son, of Exeter, are sending out their new Fuchsia Spectabilis, a drawing of which will be found in No. VI. of this work, and which is quite correct, with the exception of not being sufficiently high-coloured. Now, we are very much interested in this plant, because we hope that our seedling raisers will produce some superior varieties from it, such as shall make a collection of Fuchsias a very attractive portion of our horticultural exhibitions. But whatever they do, they must aim at getting abundant bloomers.
Many complaints have been made respecting the difficulty of making this beautiful plant bloom; but for these last four years I have never failed in having a profusion of flowers. I keep it in the form of a bush: as soon as I find that it has thrown out a decided running shoot, I cut it back to two, or at most three eyes. I have two flowering plants, neither of which is more than eighteen inches in height by about the same in diameter; they are both full of flower-buds, and I shall have from 70 to 100 blossoms on each: they are in 8-inch pots, which are never exchanged for larger ones. As much of the soil as can be removed without injury to the roots is taken away from them every year, and replaced with fresh material. I do not find it difficult to please with respect to soil; any material not of a binding nature suits it well. J. H. R.