How Do I Get More Flowers on My Fuchsia Plants?

Overview

The fuchsia genus includes more than 100 flower species, all known for their vibrantly colored blossoms that hang from glossy green shrubs. Gardeners prize the plant both as an outdoor accent piece or indoor houseplant. Several management principles and strategies can encourage the fuchsia plant to produce more flowers by providing it with the nutrients and growing environment it needs to thrive.

Step 1

Plant your fuchsias in light shade. Too much sun scorches the plants and causes a drop in flower production as the plant becomes stressed. Clemson University recommends planting fuchsias outdoors in an area that's shaded in the afternoon. If grown as houseplants, Clemson University suggests placing the plant near south-, west- or east-facing windows.

Step 2

Water the plant's roots and foliage. Fuchsias require moderately moist growing conditions for proper flower development, and a humid environment to keep the flowers looking their freshest. Water whenever the soil surface feels dry to the touch, and mist the plant's foliage and blossoms once or twice a day.

Step 3

Fertilize the fuchsia weekly. A boost in nutrients gives the plant the energy it needs for more flower production. Fuchsias are heavy feeders, and insufficient fertilization will cause a drop in blossoms. Washington State University recommends a 20-20-20 fertilizer product. Apply it according to its labeled guidelines, since potency varies by product.

Step 4

Pluck off any wilted or dead blossoms, using your fingers or pruning shears. This encourages the plant to direct its energy to producing new flowers. Scatter the snipped flowers around the base of the plant where they can decompose and add nutrients back to the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Several insect pests may occasionally attack the fuchsia, such as the green peach aphid and the longtailed mealybug, according to the University of California. A stressed, insect-ridden fuchsia plant will not produce the profusion of blossoms you want. Treat the plant with a standard insecticidal soap spray.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • 20-20-20 fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • "Fuchsias: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Fuchsias;" John Nicholass; 2009
  • Clemson University: Fuchsia
  • Washington State University: Fuchsias
  • University of California: Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
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Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.