Fuchsias: Growing and Caring Guide

Fuchsias are one of the mainstays of the summer garden. They produce many hanging bell-shaped blooms for months from early June to the first severe frosts of fall, they provide colorful displays on beds and ledges, hanging baskets, and all kinds of containers.

These beautiful, delicate flowers come in thousands of varieties and colors, with multi-colored blooms that hang and hang beautifully in baskets, pots, and baskets.

They do not require constant maintenance but plan to pay attention to them. Read on for more tips on growing fuchsia.

How to grow fuchsia

Fuchsias grow perfectly in full sun or partial shade, sheltered from cold winds. They will appreciate some shade in the hottest part of the day during very hot summer days. To flourish profusely, they need fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

Planting fuchsia

Medium hardiness varieties are planted in May / June after the danger of frost has passed. Hardy species and varieties should be planted in spring or early summer.

Dig a good-sized planting hole large enough to easily accommodate the root ball. Add a layer of organic matter, such as compost or planting compost, to the base of the hole and fork.

Place the root clod in the planting hole and adjust the planting depth so that it is planted at the same depth it was originally growing at (except the hardy fuchsia) and the top of the roots are level with the surface of the plant. ground. Plant hardy fuchsias a little deeper, 1-2 inches from the stems below ground level.

Mix more organic matter with the excavated soil and fill in the planting hole. Water well, apply a general granular feed to the soil around the plant and add a very rotten garden compost mulch or bark chips around the 2-3 inch deep root area.

How to care for fuchsia

Once established, ground-growing fuchsias will likely need full watering once a week, especially during prolonged dry spells.

In containers, water regularly, especially in summer, to keep the compost evenly moist but not soggy. Do not allow the plants to stay in the water.

Feed hardy fuchsia each spring and again in the summer with general granular plant food.

A high potassium liquid plant food applied regularly during the summer will encourage more and better blooms over a longer flowering period until the first frosts of fall.

To keep plants blooming profusely, remove them regularly to remove wilted flowers and the pod/fruit that grows behind them.

Pruning

The stems of hardy fuchsias should be cut to just above ground level in late spring, preferably as soon as new shoots appear.

Pick up the shoot tips of young bushes and fuchsia to produce bushier plants that will bloom more abundantly. The tips of the resulting side shoots can also be pinched if necessary, but excessive pinching will delay flowering.

Overwintering

  • Half-hardy fuchsia:

Medium hardy shrubs and fuchsia should be lifted from the ground in the fall, before temperatures drop below 41 ° F (5 ° C), and overwinter in a frost-free location.

First, clean them up by removing all dead, dying, damaged, or diseased growths and cut them in half if necessary to keep them compact.

Then place them in pots large enough to accommodate their roots and some additional potting compost around them. Then place them in a cool greenhouse, greenhouse, or similar well-lit location. They can also overwinter in a frost-free shed or garage, provided they have been dormant and have dropped all of their leaves.

Standard fuchsia should always be frozen in winter, as the main stem is subject to frost damage, even if the variety is hardy.

  • Hardy fuchsia:

Hardy fuchsias can be kept in the garden for the winter, but they may need some protection to make sure they survive unscathed, especially in cold regions and harsh winters.

Protect the roots and canopy by applying a thick layer of bark, compost, or even straw around the plants in the fall. Don't cut the stems until spring, when new growth begins.

Hardy fuchsia that grows in containers can be subject to frost damage even in fairly mild winters, so protect the container to prevent compost and roots from freezing.

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Source: West London Gardener

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