Fuchsia are flowering shrubs or small trees from the family Onagracaea. They are named after the 16th century German botanist Leonard Fuchs and are native to Central and South America.
What is a Fuchsia?
Fuchsias are hardy to half hardy flowering plants that range in size form low growing less than 0.5m to large at over 2.5m tall. Most will be around 1m in height. Fuchsias are grown for their beautiful flowers with sepals and petals often having different colours. The colour range is vast taking in whites, pinks, reds and purples. The simple flower structures are best for bees and other pollinators and there are many showy double flowering forms as well. Some Fuchsias will be grown for their foliage interest with leaves in hues of cream, gold, amber, pink, red and purple and some beautiful variegated combinations.
Where to plant Fuchsia?
Fuchsias can be grown in many parts of the garden from borders to patio pots and baskets. Fuchsias grow well in full sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. The more frost tender plants make great container grown indoor / outdoor plants so that they are kept frost free over winter.
How to care for a Fuchsia?
Water young and pot grown plants in dry spells. Cut back hardy Fuchsias in early spring and remove dead growth and old leaves. Pinch out the growing tips on small plants to increase the number of flowers. Remove old flowers once spent to prolong flowering. A high potash liquid feed will also promote flowers. Regular sprays with SB Plant Invigorator will help prevent or control pests and mildews.