Fuchsia plants are beautiful, exotic hanging baskets with flowing blossoms ranging from light pink to purple to deep fuchsia. They can be difficult to care for without a little knowledge about the plant.
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Things you need
- Good quality soil
- Plastic pot with good drain
- Healthy fuchsia plant
Choose the healthiest plant available. Buying from a local greenhouse is better than a chain store because the plants are more likely to be used to the climate and generally get more attention. Get a plant with new buds as well as full blossoms to ensure a new blooming cycle.
Repot your new fuchsia plant in a plastic pot with a drain tray underneath. This allows the water to drain without running straight through the bottom, which may not allow the plant to absorb nutrients.
Fertilise your fuchsia plant a few times a month. This will vary by plant so judge how your fuchsia reacts to the fertiliser.
Place your fuchsia where it will receive light, but not direct sunlight or heat. Morning sun is best. Ask local greenhouses what works best in your location. Usually, fuchsia plants have to be wintered indoors.
Water in the cool mornings and keep a steady watering schedule. It is easier for the plant to absorb water when it’s cool. Avoid skipping days.
Keep a bottle of cool water handy to spritz on the plant. Spraying cold water on the leaves and vines perks up fuchsia plants in summer heat.
Fuchsia plants' colourful blossoms also attract insects so use a basic pesticide routine, too.
Remove dead blossoms gently to encourage regrowth. Remove yellow leaves quickly.
Tips and warnings
- When choosing your plant–a few dead leaves are OK. Avoid plants with a lot of yellow and few blossoms. This could be a sign of mould or disease.
- If keeping your fuchsia plant indoors, you will have a lot of plant "droppings" as the blossoms die. Be prepared to vacuum them daily.