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Turquoise Puya


Fuchsia venusta

Germinating the seeds


 When to plant - Plant your seeds when you receive them for the best germination

 Getting started -- Use small containers or cups that have drainage holes. 

 For soil, use a well draining mix.  I use a mix of 1 part coir fiber to 1 part perlite (use small- or medium-grade perlite, not large chunks).  An alternate mix is 2 parts quality potting soil to 1 part perlite.  Do not add lime to the mix, since the plant likes slightly-acid soil.

 Fill the containers, place a seed or 2 on top of each, and sprinkle a very thin layer of soil on top - just enough to barely cover the seeds, because light helps the seeds germinate.  Add water until evenly moist (but not soggy).

 Until the seeds sprout, ensure that the soil surface always stays moist.  An easy way maintain moisture is to enclose the pots in a plastic dome or bag.  Leave it open a crack to allow some fresh air in.  You may need to drip a few drops of water on the seeds every day keep them moist.

 Keep the pots at about 65-77 degrees F (18-25C).  A little cooler at night is ok, but avoid letting them get above 80F (27C).  I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots.

 Keep them in bright light out of direct sun.  A bright LED or fluorescent bulb kept 4 inches (10 cm) away provides the right amount of light (See: "Growing indoors with LED lights").

 The seeds should begin sprouting within 6 weeks, but may take up to 12 weeks to start, especially at cooler temperatures.  Give your seedlings bright light, but avoid direct sunlight while they are small.  I recommend growing them indoors for at least 2-3 months. 

Fertilizing -- The first 3 months, feed weekly with a small amount of dilute (1/8 strength) liquid fertilizer.  Hydroponic fertilizer is ideal for this, because it is easily absorbed and contains all essential nutrients.  After 3 months, you may switch to a granular fertilizer, feeding at half the dosage on the package.  Or continue feeding weekly with dilute liquid fertilizer.

Growing onward...

Watering - This Fuchsia likes evenly moist soil.  Don't let the pots dry out, but don't keep them soggy either. 

Climate -- It thrives when temperatures are mild during the day and cool at night.  The plant might not thrive if temperatures regularly get above 85 F (29C), and nights are above 65 degrees F (18 C).  In warmer conditions, give the plants afternoon shade, and keep the pot shaded.  The plant can probably only survive a light frost (26F/-3C).  It's best to protect it from freezing temperatures.  Over about 40-45% humidity is best. 

 Pruning -- Feel free to shape it as you wish by removing some branches when it gets older.

Pests to watch for - Watch for any bugs that can affect your other plants.  Try using insecticidal soap spray before using stronger remedies, since some may harm the plant.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Have fun growing them!

- Jeff

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