Fuchsia × hybrida
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.
Pruning is usually done in autumn after flowering.
Softwood cuttings, spring through summer, new cuttings are grown during the winter.
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.
Fuchsias may be grown in pots or hanging baskets.
Purple, pink, mauve with often two tones in a flower.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Clay, Chalk, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
The small purple fuchsia fruits are entirely edible, some are more palatable than others.
Pink, Red, Multicoloured