There are around 100 species of fuchsia, according to horticulturists with Clemson University. Sometimes called "dancing ladies" for their beautifully drooping blooms, these plants are not only attractive to look at, hummingbirds love them as well, making them a favorite choice for many home gardeners. Fuchsias are not easy to care for, especially when planted in hanging baskets, but the reward is worth the effort.
Choose a hanging basket that has drainage holes. Fuchsias need well-draining soil as soggy soil will cause the plant's roots to quickly rot.
Plant your fuchsia in loose, rich soil. Choose a potting soil that is high in organic matter and has added materials to aid in draining, such as perlite, peat moss or sand.
Hang the basket in a location that gets light, but not too much light, as fuchsias are sensitive to direct sunlight. Dappled shade or heavily filtered sunlight is best, or morning sun followed by afternoon shade.
Fuchsias are only perennials in areas where the temperatures do not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Move your hanging basket to a warmer location when cold temperatures threaten, or bring it indoors. Fuchsias do not like extreme heat. Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit will cause the plant to quickly wilt.
Water often. Test the surface of the soil with your finger. If it feels dry, water the hanging basket until the water drains freely from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Reduce the frequency of waterings in the fall and winter so that the fuchsia can go dormant for the resting period.
Fertilize often. Fuchsias are heavy feeders and will thrive if fed properly. Fertilize every other week with a water soluble, balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer during the summer. Cease fertilizing in the fall to prepare the plant for dormancy.