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Fuchsia

Fuchsia hybrids

Fuchsias are very versatile, with many varieties to choose from. Fushia tryfilla was first discovered and named just before 1700. Today there is 110 species, mostly from South America and many hybrids with pretty fairy-like flowers. They are useful for summer flowering beds. Some fuchsias are hardy enough to be used as hedges and in permanent plantings, but more often they are grown in hanging baskets and containers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pruning is usually done in autumn after flowering.

Propagation

Cuttings
Softwood cuttings, spring through summer, new cuttings are grown during the winter.
Layering
Place a branch on the soil and place a rock on it to allow the roots to grow from nodes in the dark. Cut the new plant with roots loose from the motherplant and replant.

Special features

Pot plant
Fuchsias may be grown in pots or hanging baskets.

Geography

Origin
South America
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The small purple fuchsia fruits are entirely edible, some are more palatable than others.

Personality

Family
Onagraceae
Flower colour
Purple, pink, mauve with often two tones in a flower.
Scent
None

Problems

Aphids, capsid bug, grey mould and mealybug. ‘Rosecare 3’ can be used preventatively or after spotting all or any of the above.

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