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How to Grow and Care Fuchsia

How to Grow and Care Fuchsia

From spring through fall, fuchsias produce dozens of brightly colored, dangling, teardrop-shaped, single or double flowers from trailing stalks, and they do so in the shady conditions that most plants struggle. Fuchsias are a fabulous hanging basket staple with their elegant drooping flowers that hang like so many crystals from a fancy chandelier. Whether you’re planting a fuchsia in outdoor containers or directly in the garden, wait until the weather is consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the night before planting—these plants are very sensitive to cold. They have a moderate growth rate of one to two feet in a year.

A welcome benefit of growing fuchsias is their attraction to hummingbirds; Install a hanging basket filled with fuchsias and keep an eye out for hummingbirds.

Fuchsia care
The Fuchsia genus includes more than 100 woody shrubs and trees, but the well-known garden fuchsias that are widely seen in garden centers are mostly hybrids that are ideal for hanging baskets and other containers. While these plants can be garden perennials in warm climates, fuchsias are typically grown as outdoor container plants, either planted as annuals and discarded in cold weather, or brought indoors and cared for in bright light and controlled conditions over the winter.

Although they are somewhat picky about humidity and temperature, fuchsias are still considered an easy plant to grow in container gardens. Most thrive in partial to full shade. They don’t like it too hot and especially hate dry heat. With the right watering schedule and humidity levels, these plants become fairly easy to care for.

Bright
These plants thrive in partially shaded to deep shaded conditions. When grown indoors they will enjoy a little more light – bright indirect light rather than direct sunlight.

floor
Fuchsia plants prefer consistently moist (but not soggy) soil with a good percentage of organic matter. At the same time, the soil should be well drained. For plants in the ground, it’s a good idea to supplement them with peat moss or compost before planting. Potted plants do well in standard peat-based potting soil, provided the pot has good drainage.

water
Fuchsias like it moist, but not soggy. They thrive in moisture, so if you live in a dry place they are a bit more difficult to grow and keep hydrated.

temperature and humidity
Fuchsias are happiest with temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, although some heat-tolerant strains will keep their blooms up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also some shrubby varieties that are hardy in freezing temperatures.

Fuchsias thrive in moisture, so if you live in a dry climate you may need to mist your plants to keep them adequately moist. Keeping these plants happy indoors during the dry winter months can be a challenge as you will need to run a humidifier to keep the room from becoming too dry.

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