Care of Fuchsia

Overview

Fuchsia is a shade-loving flowering plant available in a variety of sizes and shapes and with delicate petals in shades including pale pink, dark purple, white, coral and red. Although there are hundreds of species of fuchsia, and as many as 5,000 cultivars, Fuchsia x hybrida, also known as "ladies' eardrop" is the most commonly grown fuchsia. With a bit of care, fuchsia will bloom from mid-summer to early autumn—longer in mild climates.

Step 1

Place fuchsia on a shaded patio or porch where the plant will be protected from hot afternoon sunlight. Fuchsia won't tolerate hot, humid weather or bright sunlight.

Step 2

Water fuchsia whenever the surface of the soil feels dry. Water generously and allow the water to drain freely through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Check the plant daily during hot weather, as fuchsias can dry out quickly.

Step 3

Feed fuchsia a general-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer every two to four weeks during spring and summer. Always apply fertilizer according to the directions on the package.

Step 4

Bring fuchsia indoors before the first frost in cooler climates. Stop fertilizing the plant about a month before you bring the plant indoors and lengthen the periods between watering to prepare the plant for winter. If the plant is large, trim it back, leaving stems approximately 6 inches in length.

Step 5

Place the fuchsia in a cool room with moderate light and temperatures between 45 and 50 degrees F. Water just enough to keep the potting soil from becoming bone dry.

Step 6

Move the plant into a warmer room in spring, with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F. Repot the plant into a larger container with fresh commercial potting soil. Resume normal watering. Move the fuchsia outdoors when all danger of frost has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • General-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer Pruners Larger container Commercial potting soil

References

  • NC State University: Fuchsia
  • Clemson University: Fuchsia
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.