Fuchsia is a delightful plant with bell-shaped blooms that will hang gracefully over the side of a patio pot or hanging container, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. Fuchsias aren't difficult to grow as long as the plants are kept moist, cool and well-fed. Fuchsias are frost tender, so treat the plant as an annual and start a new plant every spring, or bring the plant indoors during the winter months.
Place fuchsia where it will be exposed to morning sunlight, but protect the plant from the rays of the hot afternoon sun and hot, drying winds.
Keep the soil moist at all time, but don't water excessively. Check the soil often during warm weather, because the plant may need to be watered twice each day.
Plant fuchsia in a container with good bottom drainage. Use a potting soil that drains well, such as a mixture of equal parts potting soil, coarse sand, vermiculite and peat moss.
Feed fuchsia regularly, using a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every two to four weeks during spring and summer. If you prefer, you can apply a time-release fertilizer every two to three months. Read the label for specific instructions. Stop fertilizing in late summer if you plant to bring the plant indoors for the winter.
Pinch the growing tips of new shoots promote full, bushy plants. Remove fuchsia blooms when they fade so the plant will continue to bloom as long as possible. Otherwise, the plant will stop blooming and will go to seed.
Bring the fuchsia indoors before the first frost in autumn. Trim the plant so the stems are about 6 inches tall, and remove any pests. Move the plant to a frost-free room where the temperature will be about 45 degrees F, and water sparingly so the potting soil doesn't become bone dry. Place the fuchsia in a warm, well-lit place in spring, and move it back outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.