Fuchsia plants (Fuchsia x hybrida) are named after Leonhart Fuchs, a prominent German herbalist during the 16th century. They feature exotic-looking blossoms that please the eye with their two-toned colours. Many gardeners love to grow the fuchsia plant due to its ability to add bright splashes of colour to otherwise dark and drab locations by thriving in shady areas. Fuchsia plants do well in hanging baskets, window boxes or tall planters; the plant will trail over the sides of the container in a flow of dark green and bright magenta, purple or pink.
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Things you need
- Self-watering fuchsia container (or any hanging container with an attached tray on the bottom)
- Bagged potting soil
- 20-20-20 fertiliser, slow-release
- Mulch (wood chips)
- Pruning shears
Obtain a self-watering hanging basket, tall planter or window box. If it is impossible to find a self-watering planter, buy one that includes a tray attached to the bottom to keep the excess water from draining out too quickly.
Hang the basket or window box. If using a tall planter, position it so it receives afternoon shade. Fuchsia plants are able to thrive indoors in filtered light and outdoors in areas shaded from hot afternoon sunlight.
Pour equal volumes of bagged potting soil and perlite into the growing container. Sprinkle the proper amount of 20-20-20 slow-release fertiliser into the soil. Read the guidelines printed on the fertiliser to adjust accordingly. Diluting the fertiliser with equal amounts of water is a commonly used ratio that will not burn the young fuchsia plant.
Undress the fuchsia plant from its nursery packaging and plant it into the soil. Avoid packing the soil too high up on the plant's stem. Bury it at the same level as in its packaging.
Layer mulch, such as wood chips, around the fuchsia plant 3 inches deep. The mulch will improve water retention in the soil.
Water the fuchsia plant until moist once per day. Since container-bound plants tend to lose more moisture than in-ground plants, twice-per-day watering is required during extreme heat.
Tips and warnings
- If you or your loved ones are severely allergic to bees, position the fuchsia plant somewhere far away from family activity since the nectar within the colourful blooms attracts bees and hummingbirds.
- Snip growing tips off the fuchsia plant with pruning shears to promote bushy growth.
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