Fuschia Plant Information

Overview

Fuchsias are exotic-looking flowers native to parts of South America and Mexico. They are easy to grow with proper care. In mild climates, they can perennials, but treat them as annuals in colder climates.

History

Charles Plumier, a Catholic missionary, first discovered fuchsia plants in the mountains of Santa Domingo and named them after German botanist Leonhart Fuchs. The Rev. Plumier first referenced fuchsias in his writing published in 1703.

Features

Fuchsia flowers have drooping stems with brightly colored bell-shaped blooms. The blooms can be red, pink, white purple or magenta and many of them are bi-colored.

Function

Gardeners use fuchsias in flower beds as borders, as shrubs or in containers. They are suited for hanging baskets because of their trailing stems. Their bright colors attract hummingbirds and bees.

Time Frame

Fuchsias bloom from June until late September or early October when the first frost occurs.

Growing Conditions

Place fuchsias indoors in indirect sunlight or outdoors in shade to partial shade. They prefer morning sun and cooler temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They thrive in soil that drains well.

Plant Care

Fuchsias may need water twice a day during warm weather. They require a soluble fertilizer every one to two weeks or a slow-release fertilizer every two to four months.

References

  • Clemson University
  • Washington State University
  • Garden Action
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