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Growing Triphylla Fuchsias (updated January 2017)
Anyone   who   enjoys   growing   fuchsias   should   try   growing   at   least   one   of these   cultivars.   With   their   dark   green   leaves   and   flowers   in   varying   shades of    orange/red    they    make    striking    summer    bedding    plants    either    in    the ground or in patio pots and will stand full sun unlike the usual cultivars.  
Triphyllas   are   strong   growers,   but   they   are   long   jointed,   upright   growers   which   makes   them   fairly hard   to   grow   as   a   show   plant.   Another   drawback   is   the   fast   ripening   of   the   stems   which   leads   to them losing young lower leaves. For   those   of   you   who   intend   using   them   around   the   garden   then   these   drawbacks   are      negligible but   to   achieve   a   plant   such   as   the   one   on   the   left   is   going   to   take   three   years,   if   not   more. Growers   will   use   methods   to   overcome   these   drawbacks   such   as   taking   long   cuttings   so   that   leaf nodes   are   buried   to   encourage   shoots   from   below   compost   level   -   Pruning   back   very   hard   in Autumn   to   encourage   more   growth   from   the   base   -   Cutting   off   large   portions   of   the   root   ball   in Spring and dropping the plant down into the pot. You   should   also   bear   in   mind   that   Triphyllas   will   take   about   13   weeks   to   flower   from   the   last stop/pinch   but,   because   they   flower   in   clusters   on   the   tip   of   the   stems,   when   they   do   start   they   go on and on.  
This   web   site   is   aimed   at   the   newcomer   or   novice   ,so   growing   Triphyllas      can   be   made   a   lot   easier by following the same rules as described on the Fuchsias in Containers  page. Again   I   will   put   3   young   plants   into   a   6”   or   7”   pot   at   the   end   of   April/beginning   of   March   and immediately   pinch   out   any   growing   tips.   They   are   then   treated   as   one   plant   and   will   receive   one more stop all over as soon as it is big enough and that will be it. The   one   on   the   right   is   a   fine   example   of   what   can   be   achieved   in   one   season.   From   young   plants in March to full flowering in the middle of August. This one is Koralle. I   have   to   add   that   I   lost   two   branches   from   the   middle   whilst   transporting   it   to   a   show   but   it   still   won me a 3rd prize card. It’s   pretty   obvious   that   using   this   method   will   get   you   to   the   stage   of   a   single   plant   in   well   under half the time and will result in a much bigger specimen the following year.  
Overwintering Triphyllas
Whilst   Triphyllas   will   stand   hot   sun   (should   we   ever   get   any   in   the   U.K.)   at   the   other   end   of   the   scale   they   are   very   frost   tender   and   should   be   the   ones to   get   ready   for   winter   first,   just   in   case   a   surprise   frost   hits.   They   also   need   extra   care   during   the   winter   months. Any   I   have   will   be   in   the   warmest   part of   the   greenhouse   and   well   away   from   the   glass.   Unlike   the   usual   fuchsias   in   pots,   these   can   be   cut   hard   back   to   within   2   or   3   inches   of   the   compost. As stated before you want new growth to come from the base.  
On   the   left   is   the   same   Koralle   which   was   cut   back   at   the   end   of   September   and   this   is   the   stage   it is   now   at   on   the   1st   November   with   lots   of   new   growth   coming.   This   will   be   kept   in   a   heated greenhouse as described on the Over Wintering Fuchsias  page. If   your   plants   are   being   kept   dormant   and   just   frost   free   than   you   can   expect   growth   like   this   to   start in Spring. Because   of   the   mass   of   roots   that   Triphyllas   produce,   I   will   always   pot   them   up   in   Spring,   teasing the   roots   away   from   the   root   ball   slightly   to   encourage   them   into   the   new   compost.   For   instance, this one is in a 6” pot and will go into an 8” pot ready for next year’s show.  
Which Are The True Triphyllas ?  
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F. Triphylla (the Species)
This is were things can get confusing. I feel the only true Triphylla is the one pictured on the left, F.Triphylla (the Species) Not seen very often now but was used extensively to produce what are called Tryphylla Type Hybrids. It was crossed with Species such as F. Splendens, F. Corymbiflora, F. Fulgens and others and all these Hybrids have the distinct long tube of Triphyllas we know today i.e. Thalia - Koralle - Leverhulme - Mary - Adinda - Insulinde are just a few.
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F. Splendens F. Corymbiflora F. Fulgens
The one thing these Hybrids all have in common is that they have F Triphylla (the Species) in their parentage and the habit of flowering from the tips of branches in bunches called Racemes. Some hybridizing has led to some varieties, whilst retaining the long tube shape, flowering down the stem like ordinary fuchsias. These are known as Triphylla Variants. A full list of showbench Triphyllas can be downloaded from the British Fuchsia Society’s website. January 2017 Last year (September 2016) I volunteered to stage a display of Triphyllas at the North West Fuchsia Societies Workshop at Bilsborrow. I have always grown 2 or 3 so the hunt was on to collect some more. I managed to gather about 24 plants from various nurseries and was quite pleased with the result which you can see below. I really enjoyed growing these so much that I have decided to increase my collection and am eagerly awaiting new varieties