Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

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Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby steveatmaleny » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:59 pm

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any fuchsias that will do well near the coast in South East Queensland. I've seen plenty of them for sale in local nurseries looking fresh and healthy and colourful, yet I can't recall seeing any established in local gardens.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby bubba louie » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:04 pm

My Grandmother grew them in her garden many many years ago. Near Woombye,down the the road from The Big Pineapple.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby Mister Wisteria » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:00 pm

I would suspect that if they are selling them up your way it would be worth giving them a go. According to Abwal they won't grow up his way but I think that's much further north. :D
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby Pam » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:28 pm

Mister Wisteria wrote:I would suspect that if they are selling them up your way it would be worth giving them a go. According to Abwal they won't grow up his way but I think that's much further north. :D


Some people would sell their mothers, but that a different story.

Generally speaking, Steve, most of Queensland is too hot for Fuchsias. There are a few exceptionally dedicated and talented gardeners who can keep them alive, but the rest of us should either leave them at the nursery /supermarket, or simply compare the cost to a bunch of flowers, and accept that the flowers will be pretty until the plant inevitably carks it.

If you have somewhere that you can keep them cool, they're worth a try. Keeping them low is one method used by a successful Queensland Fuchsia grower that I know (it works on the principle that hot air rises.)
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby Tropicgardener » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:10 pm

They grow quite well on Mt. Tamborine and we used to grow them around our family home down there. I tried to grow them a few times when I was in S.E Queensland but never succeeded. Just one of those plants that dislikes heat and humidity.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby bubba louie » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:17 pm

Maleny's a bit on the cooler side so they might be worth a try. Like I said my Grandmother grew them easily but that was about 40+ years ago when everywhere seemed cooler. I think my mother grew them in Bris for a while back then as well.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby boylesg » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:28 am

steveatmaleny wrote:I'm wondering if anyone knows of any fuchsias that will do well near the coast in South East Queensland. I've seen plenty of them for sale in local nurseries looking fresh and healthy and colourful, yet I can't recall seeing any established in local gardens.

Not sure about exotic fuchsias but native fuchsia or Correa reflexa certainly does well in coastal zones.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby steveatmaleny » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:33 pm

Thanks for the tip Greg. As a result, I looked it up at

http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp7/correa-reflexa.html

I'll certainly give it a go.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby boylesg » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:23 pm

steveatmaleny wrote:Thanks for the tip Greg. As a result, I looked it up at

http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp7/correa-reflexa.html

I'll certainly give it a go.

You could probably give Eremophila maculata, and some of the other Eremophilas, a go as well. They are similar looking plants with similar flowers. Most are very tough indeed and grow in very arid conditions.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby The Estate » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:19 pm

boylesg wrote:
steveatmaleny wrote:Thanks for the tip Greg. As a result, I looked it up at

http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp7/correa-reflexa.html

I'll certainly give it a go.

You could probably give Eremophila maculata, and some of the other Eremophilas, a go as well. They are similar looking plants with similar flowers. Most are very tough indeed and grow in very arid conditions.

(:| are they natives :-? also know as the SPOTTED EMU BUSH, out native Aust. use this bush to treat colds, inland plant that is drought and frost tollerant, grows up to 2.4 mtrs and spreads approx 2.5 mtrs across, prop. by cuttings if you like, flowers are red, pink or yellow tubular, 5 petals flowers and flowers in winter.
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby Mister Wisteria » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:17 pm

I'm concerned, I thought I just had a few Fuschia's, give or take, never thought of them as exotic. But there again I have only been growing them for 50 years or so, never too old to learn, or too young for that matter. :D
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Re: Fuchsias for coastal South East Queensland

Postby steveatmaleny » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:04 pm

I had a look at Eremophila maculata 'Spotted Emu Plant' at
http://www.malleenativeplants.com.au/er ... -emu-bush/

Sounds terrific. I'll give it a go. Thanks for the tip.
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