One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden enthusiasts and all those dealing with plants on a professional level.

Fuchias were named after Leonhart Fuchs who occupied the chair of Medicine at the Tübingen University from the age of 34 until his death, on 10 May 1566. Besides his medical knowledge he studied plants.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the world of fuchsias, from soil management and feeding to pruning and propagation.

Discover how fuchsias are classified into several major groups, the characteristics of those groups and how/where to grow different types to achieve the best results.

Fuchsias are popular garden shrubs, and once planted can live for years with a minimal amount of care. The British Fuchsia Society maintain a list of "hardy" fuchsias that have been proven to survive a number of winters throughout Britain and to be back in flower each year by July.

Fuchsias are also widely grown as houseplants.

Course content

  1. 1. Introduction

    • Nature and scope of Fuchsias
    • Plant Naming
    • Plant Families, hybrids, varieties, cultivars
    • Classification of Fuchsias (Bushes, Shrubs, Standards, Rockery Plants, Espaliers)
    • Dividing the genus Fuchsia into seven sub sections
    • Describing Fuchsias (Flowers, Foliage, Floral tubes)
    • Resources

    2. Culture

    • Preparing a garden
    • Understanding soils
    • Plant nutrition
    • Planting, staking, mulching, watering
    • Pruning
    • Pest and disease, etc

    3. Propagation

    • Scope and nature of Fuchsia propagation
    • Propagating mixes
    • Potting media
    • Fuchsias from cuttings
    • Stock plants
    • Softwood cuttings
    • Hormone treatment
    • Semi hardwood cuttings
    • Disinfecting cutting material
    • Best cutting environment
    • Managing pest and disease during propagating Fuchsias

    4. The Most Commonly Grown Varieties.
    There are over 8,000 Fuchsia cultivars, mostly either derived from F. magellanica and F. fulgens; or derived from F. triphylla or related species. This lesson concentrates on these two groups.

    • Hardy Fuchsias
    • UprightFuchsias
    • Tall Fuchsias
    • Medium growers
    • Dwarf Growers
    • Trailing Fuchsias

    5. Other Important Groups.

    • Section 1 Quelusia Fuchsias
    • Section 2  Eufuchsia
    • Section 2a Ellobium
    • Section 3  Kierschlegeria
    • Section 4  Skinnera
    • Section 5  Hemsleyella
    • Section 6.  Schufia
    • Section 7  Encliandra
    • How to train a standard Fuchsia
    • Espalier Fuchsias 

    6. The Lesser Grown Varieties

    • Less common characertistics
    • Less commonly cultivated species

    7. Using Fuchsias

    • Using colour properly in a garden
    • Container growing
    • Topiary
    • Hanging Baskets

    8. Special Assignment
    Problem Based Learning project with the following aims:

    • Identify common fuchsias that are grown commercially,sold in and suited to your region.
    • Identify a range of ‘species’ fuchsias suited to your locality.
    • Identify the cultural requirements of fuchsias suited to your locality
    • Outline methods for producing ‘exhibition quality’ fuchsias.

    Duration:  100 hours

Each of the lessons in this course culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award winning garden designer, landscaper, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener, who is a passionate plantsman.

The course will stimulate your interest and set you on the path to becoming an expert with these unique plants.



Fuchsias - Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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