Fuchsia Plant Care Guide
How to Grow a Fuchsia Plant
A gardening care guide for the fuchsia plant, known by gardeners as one of the most difficult flowers to grow, is provided for you by gardening experts. The romantic, vibrant colored fuchsia plant has lovely blossoms that dangle beautifully from flower pots, hanging baskets, or over the soil in a flower garden. If your not familiar with the fuchsia plant, let me teach you all you need to know about this beautiful perennial plant. The fuchsia flower is a prolific bloomer all summer long and did you know that it can even be grown indoors with proper care?
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Facts About the Fuchsia Plant - Did You Know?
What You Should Know About Fuchsia
How did this unique flower get its name? The fuchsia plant is named after Leonhard Fuchs, a German doctor who lived in the early 1500's. Where did they come from? Almost all the fuchsia varieties we know of today come from South and Central America, New Zealand, and Tahit.
Originally, nearly 100 varieties of fuchsia were known, but they have been hybridized so much that today there are actually countless varieties on the market.
Fuchsias are low growing, bush or sometimes tree-like plants. We still cultivate many varieties as indoor plants, and one of them is so hardy that it can grow in the winter (in the South). Most of the cultivated Fuchsia varieties are hybrids which may be low, rather droopy flowering plants, semi-tall trees or shrub-like plants. People often prop them up with support sticks or a trellis to allow the beautiful flowers to hang freely from the leaf crown that radiates from a slender stem.
What I love most about the fuchsia is that it is so very rich in color. What makes this it this color? The eyecatching colorfulness of the fuchsia flower is due to the fact that the sepals, leaf lobes and petals, are all richly colored.
Fuchsias are the most beautiful when kept in rather cool conditions in half-shade. Too much warmth and sunshine leads to rapid flower loss and severe evaporation from leaves and stems. Always make sure that the fuchsia plant gets the water it needs during the growth period.
All varieties of fuchsia do require special care, but they will reward all your hard earned efforts by forming lovely new flower buds on the tips of their stems for you to admire.
It's always easier to buy an already established plant, but you can plant from seed when growing a hardy fuchsia if you like. This is a truly wonderful drought tolerant 4-9 foot perennial plant and offers striking pink and purple hanging blooms. It is hardy to zone 6a-9b and is frost tender. It is in flower and flowers from mid summer through mid Fall.
Hardy Fuchsia Plant - Fuchsia Plant Buying Tips
What to Look For and When to Buy Fuschia
Fuchsia plants are usually best purchased in the early Spring, before all the pretty flowers burst forth from their buds.
When purchasing, make sure all the parts of the plant are fresh and juicy. Also, be sure and check for bugs, pests, and disease. Do make sure that the stems of any existing flowers that may have already bloomed are not flaccid, too.
If you buy your plants online or from a garden magazine, be sure and check that the retailer offers a refund if the plant arrives damaged or diseased.
Fuchsia Plant Guide
The featured gardening book offers you a step by step guide on how to grow the fuchsia plant successfully. You'll find lots of beautiful photographs, many different varieties, and the most hardy type to grow in your flower garden or in a hanging basket. You'll always be able to refer back to this fuchsia care manual for more gardening tips, too.
Fuchsia Plant Colors and Scents
It's hard to believe that such a pretty flower like the fuchsia plant has a weak fragrance. Fortunately, the stunning flowers make up for what it's lacking in the scent department and come in almost every beautiful, color shade imaginable, (except a true blue). My favorite is the beautiful pink fuchsia color. What's yours? Tell us in the guest book below.
PS All fuchsia plants bloom from the months of May through September.
How to Water and Feed Fuchsia Plants
Fuchsia requires regular watering, and liquid plant food should be added to the water during the growth period, (April through September).
Fuchsia is an easy plant to grow as long as they are given a light, cool spot and are kept shielded from the blazing sunshine.
Liquid Plant Food for Fuchsia
It's very important to feed your fuchsia as directed. I find that Miracle-Gro works really well.
Fuchsia flowers make lovely gifts for any occasion!
Fuchsia Lifespan, Size and Growth Rate
Fuchsias can last for many years if given a period of stable conditions before planting or placing them among other plants in your garden.
Fuchsia comes in almost every size and shape. Some of them can remain outdoors all year round, but most of them are cultivated as house plants or for re-planting outdoors in summer only.
Light and Temperature for Fuchsia Plants
Fuchsias grow most beautifully in half-shade. Indoors, it prefers a west facing window. The temperature should suit the amount of light, which is moderate in summer and cool in winter.
How to Prune a Fuchsia Plant
All Fuchsia varieties need pruning or pinching back to attain an attractive shape. Growth of the fuchsia plant is naturally bushy, and the plant may turn out leggy. However, it is easy to propagate the Fuchsia by pinching back ungainly shoots throughout the summer. If you forget, winter pruning is still possible.
Create a Small Fuchsia Tree
To Create a fuchsia plant with a tall stem, just remove all the side shoots and branches until the desired trunk height is achieved. The hanging varieties in particular are very attractive as tall stemmed plants or trees.
Now pinch back the crown by removing unwanted shoots throughout the summer (or, by winter pruning) to ensure the desired bush shape.
Tying may be necessary. Tying can prove as important as pruning. Many of these plants flower so profusely that the stems are almost overwhelmed. Pruning doesn't help in such cases, but a stick to support the plant in this period is often indispensable.
Success Rate with Fuchsias
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How to prune and bring these plants back to life for another season.
Fuchsia for the Garden
Hardy Red Fuchsia makes a nice addition to your garden. It puts on an unbelievable display of red pendant flowers that attract hummingbirds from early summer to mid-fall. These beautiful, extremely ornamental plants can grow up to six feet tall! Best of all, this one is completely cold hardy. Hardy Red Fuchsia is evergreen in southern climates and deciduous in colder parts of the country. Rabbit don't like them either. This hardy plant does well in full sun to partial shade. In zones 3, 4 and 5 it needs to be heavily mulched.
Hanging Baskets Ideal for Fuchsias
The featured hanging basket will be ideal for displaying your fuchsia plant at eye level so it can admired better. You can even opt for a self watering planter, which allows you to fill the reservoir with water and the plants will absorb only the amount of water necessary depending on environmental conditions.