Care of Fuchsia Magellanica in a Hanging Basket

Overview

Fuchsia magellanica, or bush fuchsia, is a flowering perennial native to Chile and Argentina. Admired for its lush green foliage and tropical-looking blooms of purple and red, the fuchsia plant creates stunning visual impact, whether it's grown in beds, hedges, borders, containers or hanging baskets. Propagated by seed or softwood cuttings, the fuchsia is a voluminous, shrub-like specimen that flowers from early summer to mid-fall. The vibrant, cylindrical flowers attract a variety of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Step 1

Plant your fuchsia magellanica in a large enough container so that it will not become rootbound and can continue to absorb moisture and nutrients as needed throughout its life. A 14-to-18-inch basket should be sufficient to hold one or two fuchsia plants.

Step 2

Hang baskets with fuchsia plants in a location that offers partial shade and protection from high winds that may knock the planter down.

Step 3

Apply a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks, following manufacturer's directions regarding dosage.

Step 4

Water fuchsia plants at a rate of one inch per week, but do not allow soil to become soggy as they are growing. Full grown fuchsias need to be watered daily and, in extreme heat, twice per day.

Step 5

Add a 1-inch layer of compost or mulch around the plant base at the beginning of the growing season to aid in moisture and nutrient retention.

Step 6

Deadhead spent fuchsia blooms by gently twisting off the dead flowers to encourage more blooming.

Step 7

Prepare fuchsia magellanica plants for winter by cutting the plant back, leaving 3 to 5 inches of growth. Then move the plant indoors to a dark, cool location before the first frost of the season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow fuchsia plants to completely dry out between waterings.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Compost
  • All-purpose fertilizer
  • Gardening shears
  • Organic pesticide

References

  • Backyard Gardener: Fuchsia magellanica (Riccartonii Fuchsia)
  • The Earthworks: Care For Fuchsias In Hanging Baskets & Containers
  • Fine Gardening: Fuchsia magellanica (Fuchsia)

Who Can Help

  • Garden Harvest Supply: Hanging Baskets
  • Heronswood: Fuchsia Plants
Keywords: fuchsia plant care, deadheading fuchsia, fertilizing fuchsia

About this Author

Deborah Waltenburg has been a freelance writer since 2002. In addition to her work for Demand Studios, Waltenburg has written for websites such as Freelance Writerville and Constant Content, and has worked as a ghostwriter for travel/tourism websites and numerous financial/debt reduction blogs.