The fuchsia plant (Fuchsia triphylla) produces striking, red, tubular flowers that attract both hummingbirds and butterflies in abundance. In mild climates the plant will produce blossoms all year, with only a small decrease during the winter months. The plant will not tolerate a temperature drop below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It grows well as a 2-to-3-foot shrub or when placed in a hanging basket. The prolific growth makes the fuchsia an adequate short hedge. Numerous varieties are available with slight color deviations. Fuchsia plants grow best in cool, moist weather.
Plant or place the fuchsia in a location that offers morning sunlight and afternoon dappled shade. The plant will not tolerate hot afternoons in full sunlight. It also benefits from an area that affords wind protection.
Apply 3 inches of mulch, such as bark chips or peat moss, around the fuchsia. The mulch will help protect the plants root system during summertime heat. It will also help the soil stay moist and reduce weed growth.
Water the fuchsia regularly to keep the soil moist to the touch. The plant also benefits from having its foliage misted daily, which helps raise the humidity around the plant and removes any dust that might accumulate on the foliage.
Prune the fuchsia in the spring before new growth appears. The blossoms are always produced on new growth. The plant withstands pruning well, so prune to whatever size or shape is desired.
Fertilize the fuchsia in the spring using a 12-12-12 general purpose fertilizer. Fertilize once in the summer and fall using a general purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer. Apply according to the directions on the label.