Fuchsias

Fuchsias are quite easy to grow. In baskets or planters, they provide colour in sheltered areas from May until October.

Watering is critical for fuchsias. In early cool weather, plants may not need watering for a week or more at a time. Heavy watering of small plants during cool weather will result in root rot, this can happen quite rapidly and can easily kill your plants. In warmer weather, however, larger baskets may need watering one or more times a day. Check the soil daily and water after the top inch of the soil is dry.

Fertilization is very important for good flower production. We recommend the application of a good quality liquid fertilizer once every two weeks when plants are young and once a week for mature plants.

Exposure for fuchsias is IMPORTANT. Most varieties need protection from the afternoon sun from 12 – 6 pm; the morning sun is ideal, also avoid placing your fuchsias in a windy exposure. Before putting your fuchsias out make sure that all danger of frost has passed.

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Watering
Watering is critical for fuchsias. In early cool weather, plants may not need watering for a
week or more at a time. Heavy watering of small plants during cool weather will result in root
rot, this can happen quite rapidly and can easily kill your plants. In warmer weather, however,
larger baskets may need watering one or more times a day. Check the soil daily and water
after the top inch of the soil is dry.
Fertilizing
Fertilization is very important for good flower production. We recommend the application of a
good quality liquid fertilizer once every two weeks when plants are young and once a week for
mature plants. When plants have reached a nice size and are blooming, we recommend
alternate applications of Miracle Grow Ultra Bloom (15-30-15) one week and fish fertilizer the
next week. Remember to pinch back your plants occasionally to keep them bushy, and pick
off the seed pods and stem, (they resemble small black cherries) as they inhibit flower
production.
Pests
Spraying is necessary to control insects such as aphids and whiteflies. Use an insecticide
such as Safer’s Rose and Flower Insecticide. If mildew or fungus becomes a problem use
Safer’s Defender Garden Fungicide.
Exposure
Exposure for fuchsias is IMPORTANT. Most varieties need protection from afternoon sun
from 12 – 6 pm; morning sun is ideal, also avoid placing your fuchsias in a windy exposure.
Before putting your fuchsias out make sure that all danger of frost has past. Make sure that
they have been hardened off before you plant them outside. To harden off your fuchsias put
them outside during the day and bring them in at night, or leave them in a protected area,
such as a carport or covered patio.