This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
It should ever be the aim of all cultivators to bring each class of plants to the highest stage of beauty of which they are susceptible.
Early last spring, having some old specimens of Fuchsias which had become too large for the greenhouse, I had them planted out into large pots, and then set out in the garden; they succeeded admirably, and were a complete mass of bloom the whole summer; they did equally as well as if they had been planted out in the open borders; and it is well known that, when so treated, and circumstances of suitable soil, situation, etc. are favourable, they grow with excessive luxuriance, and have a most striking effect.
I have so far only tried the experiment with some of the dark class, but it is equally applicable to the light ones also. F. serrati-folia and F. fulgens make fine objects when so treated; and the recent introduction of F. spectabilis will, I have no doubt, prove a great acquisition. I have made preparation for growing them to a greater extent this year, and have added several new varieties to my collection: these I prepared in the autumn, by getting the wood ripe, so that they would stand the winter in a cool shed; they require little or no water during this period; prevent them as much as possible from starting to grow in the spring previous to their being placed out of doors. To do well, they require a rich soil. I have found good turfy loam, old rotten manure, and sand used in a rough state, to answer satisfactorily, taking care to have the pots well drained. They must be liberally watered during summer; and if occasionally manure-water is used, it improves their appearance wonderfully.
By advocating this method of growing the Fuchsia, I by no means would recommend the discontinuance of growing them under glass, as ornaments for the greenhouse, as I know of no handsomer class of plants for this purpose during the early summer months.
Hull. H. S. Norman.