Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Early summer to autumn
Hardiness – Hardy to tender (dependent on variety)
Fuchsia are deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees with some perennial varieties that are naturally found in a wide range of countries including New Zealand, Mexico, Chile and the West Indies. There are many varieties of Fuchsia, most boasting pendent-like flowers that fashion unique arching petals, long stamens and slender stems. Bright green foliage complement these intriguing garden favourites with opposite or whorled leaves that spread in abundance. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within city, courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings. They also make fantastic container plants. You should expect to see Fuchsia grow to an approximate height and spread of 90cm (36”).
Fuchsia are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, clay, chalk or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Tender varieties are often planted in containers or baskets as they can be easily moved to a warmer environment when the first sign of frost sets in. Hardy Fuchsias should be planted in an environment where they will capture full sun for a few hours during the day. Dig a hole that is as deep and as wide as the root ball and water thoroughly and deeply to settle in place.
Fuchsias will need to be watered regularly during the warmer weather, taking care not to over water as this may rot the roots. They will also require regular fertilisation every fortnight although this should be limited towards the end of summer as your plants will start to prepare to slow down for the winter. When the weather becomes colder, remove your plants and store them indoors in an environment such as a porch or conservatory.
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