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Tender fuschia


By Mageth

sussex, United Kingdom Gb

I have a couple of plants that I would like to try planting in the open. Will slugs be a problem, or anything else for that matter? Thanks



Ah Mageth... slugs will certainly eat fuchsias, if they are tender perhaps best to put out in pots and bring into a greenhouse or conservatory for the winter.

23 May, 2009


If the plants are 15cm or higher they shouldn't come to any harm ... the slugs only seem to go for the new tender leaves. I have a few plants that regularly over-winter outside and I've not lost any yet (but they are quite near to the house and in a sheltered part of the garden). To be on the safe side I often take cuttings in late summer and over-winter these indoors. The new plants are then a good size for planting out in May.

23 May, 2009


Thanks Moongrower and Pasuki. I think they will have to take their chances in the garden as Ive ran out of pots. They are about 12 inches high so a little copper ring might be sufficient to deter the blighters

24 May, 2009


Well it certainly wont hurt, slugs also dislike crossing wood ash for some reason.

24 May, 2009


Thank you for the tip about wood ash, Moon grower. Does ash from a coal fire work too?

24 May, 2009


Not sure, you could give it a try but it will cause pollution in the garden whereas wood ash wont

24 May, 2009

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