By Victor Reiter, Jr. Excerpt from the Journal of the California Horticultural Society (From the December 1944 and January 1945 Issue.)Editor’s Note: Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions: Where did the first double fuchsia come from? Where did the first white fuchsia come from? Where did the first marbled fuchsias come from? The answer lies somewhere in the history of fuchsia breeding called mutations. Continue reading NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF FUCHSIA BREEDING
By Kevin Handreck, Netherwood Horticultural Consultants
2 Birdwood Street, Netherby, 5062, Australia
When fuchsias are dying and the weather is hot, there are two possible contributing causes to this problem.
One is that the fuchsias were simply killed by high temperatures around their roots. Growing fuchsias in plastic pots during summer is a near-certain method of killing them. I would say that for much of Australia, plastic hanging pots are virtually 100% lethal in summer. Fuchsias evolved mainly in high mountain areas of Central America, at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters. Their roots would never have to cope with temperatures over about 25ºC. Growing medium temperatures above about 30ºC are lethal to their roots.
Having learned about these two great botanist, Miss Alice Eastwood, Curator of the California Academy of science, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, brought together the leading fuchsia enthusiasts and hybridizers to form a fuchsia society. The first organizational meeting was held in October, 1929. The name selected for the new group was “THE AMERICAN FUCHSIA SOCIETY”.
Enthusiasm spread and the first regular meeting of THE AMERICAN FUCHSIA SOCIETY was held on May 18, 1930, with about fifteen members present. Officers elected were: Honorary President, Mr. H A. Greene; President, Mr. William F. Ewing; Vice President, Mrs. Seldon A. Smith and Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Evelyn Steele Little.
From this nucleus of growers interested in the development of fuchsias has grown the AMERICAN FUCHSIA SOCITY. Now, the society is known both nationally and internationally. Membership has spread throughout the United States and, internationally, there are members in over a dozen nations. The society also has twenty-three branches in as many cities, to further the culture of fuchsias.
From: AFS handout: An Invitation from the AMERICAN FUCHSIA SOCIETY
To appreciate and understand the culture of Fuchsias we should know where Fuchsias came from.
The Society started out with a publication in the form of a news letter with information on fuchsia culture to guide the amateur.