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    Default Climbing Fuchsia's any body

    Me and Her went out this afternoon and as usual ended up looking around a plant nursery and OH found a Climbing Fuchsia Variety Lady Boothby the only thing i know about is it is hardy.
    Has any body got any exerience growing them and how hardy are they.
    My first thought's was plant it in a large container on wheels and when winter come's wheel it in the workshop is this overkill the trellis that it will grow up will be fixed to the container am i going over the top or will it be feasible it is claimed on the label that it will grow up to 2 metre's in a single season jacob
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    Hi Jacob

    I think this is a relatively new variety, Ive only seen it advertised in gardening mag's this year. Depending on how big it is by the end of the season, I would then decide whether to put in the workshop. I've been caught out with fushias in the past where they are labelled as hardy, but because they have not put on enough growth they didn't survive the winter
    If your fushia is quite big by the end of the season it should come back no problem. They usually start to sprout about March /April time down south. They sprout from the base so just cut back the dead wood next spring.
    The variety that you have, looks quite stunning in the magazines they suggest that it can climb to 2 metre's, but I haven't purchased this one ............yet!

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    The Fuchsia we bought was 2.50 about 15 inches high with 4 shoots standing nice and staight most of the plants had got 2 shoots but you always go for the biggest .
    The nursery was Chestnut Nursery Browns lane Coventry almost opposite the the Jaguar works old front gate .
    They also have a good range of plant reasonbly priced not a garden centre but a nursery(this is not a advert and i have no connection with the aforsaid nursery) disclaimer over i recomend the place highly jacob
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    I have discussed this with mother - fuchsias can't climb, they don't have tendrils or clingy bits.
    What Lady Boothby (first seen in the 1930s - if it's so good, why has it taken 80 years to become popular?) seems to do is just grow extra tall and lanky, so you can then tie in the growth. Not really climbing as such, it just has extra-long shoots. It needs supporting against a trellis or somesuch.

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    Tried googling for it last night - not much information really. It looks like a vigorous upright variety, and I don't know how they can classify it as a climber if it doesn't have any means of supporting itself. (e.g. sweet peas are climbers as they have tendrils to cling to supports, runner and french beans are climbers as they wind themselves round the supports). Does anyone know exactly how this "NEW" fuchsia climbs?

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    I will try and find the magazine which I saw this fushia advertised in. Report back later.

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    See what other gardeners say here Jacob.
    Grows on You : KarenKing : Climbing fuchsia, Lady Boothby

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    Thank you very much Ladies for imformation i will keep you posted jacob
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