A red fuchsia flower.
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Fuchsias are available in nearly every color of the rainbow, with the only exceptions being blue and yellow. Long bloomers, fuchsias flower from early summer until the first frost of autumn. Alluring to hummingbirds and bees, they are a bright addition to a bird garden. In areas where there is winter frost, grow them as an annual. In warm areas fuchsia is a perennial that will bloom year after year. They are simple enough for the novice gardener, and require only minimal care to grow successfully.
Plant in a well-drained area of the garden. Work compost into garden beds and borders to raise the soil level 3 inches. Work in perlite and vermiculite into hanging baskets and containers to improve the soil.
Keep soil moist but never soggy. Water beds daily unless there has been rainfall. Water containers and baskets daily because they dry out faster than garden beds. Water containers until the excess water drains from the holes and into the drip tray.
Pinch off the growing tips on each shoot. Grasp the very tip between your forefinger and thumb and pinch it off. This encourages fuller plant growth and more blooms. Quit pinching in April so blooms will begin blossoming in June.
Weed garden beds regularly. Keep the area around the plants free from weeds because they suck the soil nutrients away from the fuchsia.
Fertilize container grown fuchsia weekly during blooming with a general purpose fertilizer. Fertilize bed grown fuchsia every 2 weeks.