Crop Culture Report:    Fuchsia Windchimes® and Windchimes® Upright

Recommended Containers:  4 and 6” pots, combination planters

Consumer Uses:  Excellent landscape plant with an upright, branched habit and tolerance of high light and heat. Good in mixed containers.

Crop Planning from cell pack: 

Pot Size  Plants per pot (pp)  Finish Time (weeks)

4” pot (10 cm)  1 pp  7

6” pot (15 cm)  1 pp  10

6” pot (15 cm)  3 pp  7

8 to 10” pots (20 to 25 cm)  3 to 4 pp  10

Temperature Requirement:    Day – 70 to 85°F (15 to 24°C)

Night – 62° to 68°F (17° to 20°C)

Media and pH requirements:  Use a well-drained soil mix with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.5.   Keep evenly moist, but not wet.

Fertilizer requirements:  100 to 200 ppm N on a constant feed basis.  Do not allow salts to build

Pinching requirements:  Rooted liners are pinched before shipping; however, an additional pinch growing larger pots will encourage fuller growth.

Growth Regulators:  Under warm, low light conditions, B-9 is effective controlling stretch.  (1250 – 2500 ppm rate).  In warm temperature regions, Bonzi drenches at 2 to 3 PPM is perfect

Disease and insect pests:

Aphids, Whitefly, and Spider Mite

Botrytis, Rhizoctonia, and Pythium

Susceptible to crown rot (Rhizoctonia). When transplanting rooted cells, be cautious not to plant below existing soil of liner.  Damage to stem will create entry for disease pathogens. Keep soil evenly damp for control of Pythium and Phytophthora and maintain good air movement around plants.  Apply preventative root rot fungicides at labeled rates.

Avoid watering late in the day creating wet foliage and stems through the evening.   Botrytis may develop, resulting in damage to flowers, stems and leaves.

Drench and/or sprench with preventative fungicides controlling root rot and stem rot pathogens.

In warm temperature regions, all Windchimes® Fuchsia will form a ‘crown-bud’ if grown in full sun with no shading.  They will set buds and by-pass the bud with new growth never developing full color.   We believe this is a heat-delay response.  Grow all Windchimes® under a partial shade to reduce the temperature on leaves.