Care of Fuchsias

Overview

You may sometimes hear a fuchsia referred to as a "ladies' eardrop" because fuchsia flowers dangle over their shrubs or over hanging baskets. The flowers are often big and beautiful in color. Fuchsias can be white, orange, purple, or red. These perennial flowers are native to South America, but can be grown in the United States, hardy in zones 6 through 10. Fuchsias are delicate and must be cared for properly if they are going to thrive in your garden.

Step 1

Make sure your fuchsias are getting shade during the hottest hours of the day (between 10 am and 2 pm). Fuchsias don't mind sun first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon, but they don't do well with mid-day sun.

Step 2

Keep the soil in which your fuchsia is planted moist. Water once a day in the summer months, but twice per week in the winter months. Be careful not to over-water the soil.

Step 3

Fertilize your fuchsia on a regular basis. Fuchsias are considered to be heavy feeders. The best way to feed your fuchsia is to use a water-soluble fertilizer. Mix 1 tbsp. of this fertilizer with 1 gallon of water and fertilize once per week.

Step 4

Wait for your fuchsias to die back in the winter. This will happen because fuchsias are herbaceous perennials. Once this happens, you need to cover the ground above the root with 4 inches of mulch. This will protect the root ball during the harsh winter months. You can remove the mulch in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Shade
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch

References

  • Washington State University: Fuchsias
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Fuchsia

Who Can Help

  • Lilly Miller: Expert Advice: How to Grow Beautiful Fuchsias
  • Aubuchon Hardware: Caring for Fuchsias
  • Garden Action: Growing Fuchsias
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