Care for a Fuchsia Plant


Fuchsias as a genus comprise about 110 species, says Washington State University (WSU). Highly desirable for their pendulous and sometimes bi-colored flowers, these showy plants are frequently grown in hanging baskets, such as the very popular Fuchsia x hybrida. Some cultivars, such as the tough F. magellanica, can also be grown in-ground. Most cultivars are only cold hardy to USDA zone 6. Although fuchsias grow prolifically in their native environments in Central and South America, the culture of these delicate plants in the home garden requires careful attention to watering practices and light exposure.

Step 1

Choose a planting site that exposes the fuchsia to morning sun with afternoon shade. These fragile flowers need protection from the strong afternoon sun, according to WSU, save in the coolest climates, where they can sometimes be successfully grown in full sunlight.

Step 2

Pick a spot with well-draining soil, the most important factor in the health of fuchsia plants, according to WSU. Amend garden soil with organic matter, and plant the root ball at least 4 inches below the surface. Potted fuchsias should be planted in containers with drainage holes. Line the container with sphagnum moss and use a high-quality potting soil with added fertilizer.

Step 3

Water when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry to the touch. Do not overwater--this can cause root rot. Container plants should be watered until the water drains freely out of the drainage holes.

Step 4

Fertilize frequently. Fuchsias thrive if they are well-fed, according to Clemson University. Use a water-soluble, balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer and apply it according to the directions on the label every other week throughout the growing season (spring through summer). Stop fertilizing when fall begins.

Step 5

Bring your plant indoors directly after the first frost. Most cultivars cannot tolerate extended freezing conditions. Store in a cool (around 40 degrees), dry location, but continue to keep the soil moist throughout the winter. In the spring, prune the plant back severely and bring it back outdoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic matter (leaf mold, compost, tree bark)
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting soil (optional)
  • Container with drainage holes (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Watering tool
  • Water-soluble 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Pruning tools


  • Clemson University: Fuchsia
  • Washington State University: Fuchsia
  • North Carolina State University: Fuchsia x Hybrida

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Map
Keywords: growing fuchsias, care of fuchsia, Fuchsia x hybrida

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.