FUCHSIA CULTURE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEYS

BY
MELVILLE NEWFILED
Sacramento, California
“The Second Fuchsia Book”
American Fuchsia Society, 1950

In The Fuchsia Book No.1, Victor Reiter, Jr., wrote, “today coastal California has become the center of fuchsia culture. The cool, equable climate along our coast has at long last brought the fuchsia into its own as an outdoor flowering shrub.” Further on he wrote, “Even – fuchsia into its own as an outdoor flower-in the densest shade, fuchsia flowers are shriveled by drying winds, and in our interior valleys this desiccating effect is the most detrimental factor against the successful cultivation of this plant.”

In view of the above one wonders why we attempt to grow fuchsias in the Central Valleys Continue reading