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Fuchsias

Botanical name - Fuchsia                                               

Common name - Fuchsia

Description - Evergreen and deciduous shrubs

Sunset zone(s) - vary by species

Exposure - Morning sun or partial shade. Full sun only in cooler zones

Water requirements - Regular water

General Information - Fuchsias are originally from tropical America. They attract Hummingbirds as they bloom all summer from late spring until the first frost. They are available in several forms including upright shrubs or trailing hanging basket forms. Fuchsias grow best in cool-summer areas where there is a lot of moisture in the soil and the air. Fuchsias can only be planted in full sun in some of the cooler zones. Generally, they should be planted so they receive a small amount of morning sun or dappled shade all day long. If your summers are warm, windy or dry, you should protect your fuchsia by planting it in a location where it will be sheltered from the wind and will not receive hot afternoon sun.

Fuchsia blooms appear on new growth, so if you prune your fuchsia, be sure to do it before the new spring growth. Fuchsias readily accept pruning so you can prune the plant to keep it a particular size or to remove broken branches. Prune frost-damaged stems only after the last frost has past. 

Fuchsias require porous, water-retentive acid soil that is rich in organic matter. Plants in containers or hanging baskets will need more water as they will dry out faster than those in the ground. For hanging baskets or containers, regular fertilizing will keep the plant blooming through out the season. A fertilizer such as Osmocote 14*3 works well.

Popular species - Magellanica, Paniculata, Procumbens, Thymifolia, Triphylla

Nursery Notes - Frequent misting or overhead sprinkling will help keep your fuchsia in good condition, the mist or spray will counteract low humidity and will keep leaves clean. In addition to this overhead spraying may help reduce the Fuchsia mite population. For potted fuchsias, it is possible to prune quite severely before the spring growth begins. If you cut back the last year's growth to two pairs of buds and then let three pairs of leaves form, you can pinch off the stem tips. This pinching of the stem tips will stimulate branch growth. Keep pinching for several weeks until the Fuchsia has developed the bushy shape you desire. Throughout the season once flowers are faded, pick them off to stimulate new flowers.

Additional help - The following information sheets may help you with this plant

  • Planting from containers

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