How to Care for a Hybrid Fuchsia Archie


There are 100 different species and cultivated varieties belonging to the genus Fuchsia, and the hybrid Archie fuchsia (F. x 'Archie Owen') is a variety with double pink blossoms that grow on 1- to 2-inch-long drooping stalks. The Archie fuchsia blooms from early summer until early August and grows 2 1/2 to 6 feet tall. This fuchsia cannot tolerate frosts or freezing temperatures, so the plant is container-grown in most climates and brought indoors during winter. The Archie fuchsia cannot withstand humid conditions, drought or heat.

Step 1

Position your Archie fuchsia in bright, indirect sunlight, such as beside a window with southern, eastern or western exposure. Maintain air temperatures around the fuchsia of 60 to 70 degrees F during the day and 50 to 60 degrees F at night.

Step 2

Water your hybrid Archie fuchsia during spring, summer and early autumn whenever the topmost layer of potting soil begins to feel dry to the touch, providing water until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Gradually increase the amount of time between waterings in fall to prepare the Archie fuchsia for its dormancy period in winter.

Step 3

Feed your fuchsia once every two weeks to one month during the spring and summer with a water-soluble complete fertilizer for flowering potted plants. Follow the dosage instructions on the fertilizer label and stop fertilizing the fuchsia in fall.

Step 4

Pinch back the new shoots on the Archie fuchsia as they appear in early spring and after the plant has grown two full sets of leaves. Continue to pinch back the shoots throughout the growing season to encourage a bushier form.

Step 5

Cut the stems of large Archie fuchsia plants back to about the level of the pot's rim in fall, or cut smaller or medium-sized fuchsia plants back to about 6 inches. Keep the fuchsia plant in a cool location during winter at 45 to 50 degrees and water the plant sparingly to keep the potting soil from drying out completely.

Step 6

Repot the Archie fuchsia in spring after new growth emerges. Pot the fuchsia in fresh potting soil in the same container or a container that's the next size up.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't expose your Archie fuchsia to temperatures warmer than 76 degrees if you want the plant to continue blooming. Warmer temperatures cause the fuchsia to stop blooming and can harm the developing flower buds during early spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble plant fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Planter pots
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Vermiculite
  • Peat moss


  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension: Fuchsia
  • Backyard Gardener: Fuchsia (Archie Owen Fuchsia)

Who Can Help

  • Garden Action: Fuchsia Flower
Keywords: Fuchsia care, Fuchsia Archie hybrid, grow Fuchsia plants

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