Fuchsias are lovely plants with dangling, multi-colored blooms that look stunning in a hanging container where the flowers can cascade freely over the sides. Although the plants require a bit of extra tender loving care, fuchsias will bloom profusely from mid-summer until autumn, and will even survive a cold winter if you bring the plant indoors before the first frost.
Plant fuchsia in a hanging basket filled with a good quality commercial potting soil. The potting soil should contain perlite or vermiculite, which will improve drainage. Be sure the hanging basket has drainage holes in the bottom.
Hang the fuchsia where the plant will be exposed to morning sunlight but protected from hot afternoon sun and strong winds.
Pinch off an inch from the tips of new stems to promote bushy growth. Stop pinching after mid-spring, as the plant will require about six weeks to develop blooms.
Feed hanging fuchsias every other week during spring and summer, using an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Stop fertilizing the plant two weeks before you plan to bring the fuchsia indoors for the winter.
Water the fuchsia whenever the top of the soil feels slightly dry to the touch. Check the soil daily during summer, as the soil in hanging baskets dries quickly. During hot, dry weather, the plant may need to be watered twice daily. Gradually cut down watering as the weather cools off in autumn to prepare the plant for winter.
Remove spent fuchsia blooms. Deadheading, or pinching spent blooms, will allow the plant to continue blooming as long as possible instead of going to seed.
Prune the fuchsia in preparation for bringing the plant indoors before the first frost in autumn. Cut the plants down, leaving only about 6 inches of stem remaining.
Move the fuchsia to a cool, low-light location such as a garage or basement where the temperature will remain between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Water the fuchsia lightly every three to four weeks to keep the soil from drying out entirely.
Move the fuchsia into a warmer, well-lit environment in early spring, and return to normal watering. Remove the plant from the container and fill the container with fresh potting soil, or move the fuchsia into a larger container.
Return the fuchsia to its outdoor location after you're sure that all danger of frost has passed.