Fuchsia

Fuchsia × hybrida

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Starr 070906-8708 Fuchsia x hybrida by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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Starr 070906-8708 Fuchsia x hybrida by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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Fuchsia × hybrida, known as Fuchsias or Hybrid Fuchsias, is very versatile and mostly used for summer flowering displays in containers, hanging baskets or flower borders. These hybrids all produce pretty fairy-like flowers in a range of colours, and if deadheaded will continue flowering through the summer. A big bonus is that they tolerate partial shade well! Regular watering and feeding will encourage these Hybrid Fuchsias to produce healthy mound-shaped plants and masses of delicate flowers that attract pollinating insects as well as delighting us. One of the first Fushsias to be discovered and named was Fushsia tryfilla, just before 1700. Today there are 110 species, mostly from South America, with more attractive crosses being developed by plant breeders every year.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Pruning is usually done in autumn after flowering.

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings, spring through summer, new cuttings are grown during the winter.

Layering

Place a branch on the soil and place a rock on it to allow the roots to grow from nodes in the dark. Cut the new plant with roots loose from the motherplant and replant.

Special features

Pot plant

Fuchsias may be grown in pots or hanging baskets.

Attractive flowers

Purple, pink, mauve with often two tones in a flower.

Special features

Origin

South America

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Clay, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The small purple fuchsia fruits are entirely edible, some are more palatable than others.

Personality

Family

Onagraceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Multicoloured

Scent

None