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Mite Resistant Fuchsias--My Articles

A number of Chronicle or sfgate readers have asked for more information about articles I have written on the subject of mite resistant fuchsias. There are two of them. I wrote one for the Chronicle and you can find it at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/08/11/HOG0084KMA1.DTL&hw=Fuchsias&sn=002&sc=898 This includes a list of places you can see mite resistant fuchsias growing, and a few, mostly Bay Area, places you can buy them. One of the best places to buy these plants is at the San Francisco Botanical Garden plant sales, which you can learn about by looking on their website at www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.

The other article on fuchsias I wrote was for Pacific Horticulture Magazine, the 2006 July-August-September issue, still on the market as I write this, and surely available as a back issue for a while. It includes a wider list of nurseries that carry the mite resistant hybrids, including mail order sources. You can find Pacific Horticulture in many bookstores and nurseries, or by calling (510) 849-1627. It is a wonderful gardening magazine that applies to California, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver, and a subscription is only $25.00. Their website, which is at www.pacifichorticulture.org includes tables of contents for each issue, some articles, and a list of the many places that carry the magazine.

I must add that I wrote about fuchsias, both disease resistant hybrids and species fuchsias, in my book Wildly Successful Plants: Northern California, Sasquatch Books, 2004, which is widely available(see cover on right side of blog screen). I chose species fuchsias and mite-resistant hybrids as two of the 50 Wildly Successful plants to feature in that book.

I recently bought a fuchsia gall mite and rust resistant fuchsia called 'Mendonoma Belle" from the SF Botanical Garden, for a garden in the Sunset. It is such a pretty, bushy plant. The flowers are red and purple, rather larger than those of F. magellanica flowers, and with longer sepals (the outer wings). I look forward to watching it become a large and pest-free garden plant.

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