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How to Grow Fuchsia Boliviana Alba

Updated February 21, 2017

The Bolivian fuchsia, or Fuchsia boliviana, is a seldom-seen shrub that blooms all year. Native to the Andes Mountains, it can grow to 15 feet tall under optimal circumstances. The prolific 4-inch-long flowers of the Alba variety are trumpet-shaped, white and red, and hang in clusters. After flowers fade, they form an edible fruit. Although it comes from a mountainous region, it cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. The Bolivian fuchsia also cannot tolerate hot weather. It likes humidity and dappled sunlight but can perform well under proper conditions and with a little care.

Plant fuchsia boliviana with quality potting soil in a large pot with a drainage hole to give its roots plenty of room, which will allow it to grow tall. Keep the potted fuchsia under a tree or arbor to give it dappled or partial sunlight.

Plant fuchsia boliviana in a garden in areas where winters are mild and frosts are rare. Grow in a partly shaded area. Create a planting medium by combining 1 part organic compost with 4 parts potting soil.

Prune potted or garden-grown plants to maintain a shape and size appropriate for their habitats. After they finish annual summer blooming, prune them to about 6 inches tall to encourage new growth and prolific blooming the next year.

Water your fuchsia twice each week by soaking the soil thoroughly and keeping it constantly moist. Fertilise with a low nitrogen or "blossom booster" plant food once a month from spring through midsummer, following package instructions for correct mixing and application.

Move potted Fuchsia boliviana plants indoors in the fall to protect them from frost, or build a frost shelter over garden-grown plants.

Tip

This plant does not often become the victim of the fuchsia mite, an insect that can be harmful to other fuchsia species. Pollinate indoor plants with a paintbrush if you want them to produce edible fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot with drainage hole
  • Potting soil
  • Partly shady location
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Clippers
  • Low-nitrogen plant food
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About the Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.