will continue to bloom beautifully until first frost if they are grown
properly. They are available in many colors and bi-colors including white,
violet, purple, pink, red and shades approaching orange. The flowers have no
fragrance, but they do attract hummingbirds.
The most popular ones by far are the trailing varieties for
hanging baskets. Some varieties naturally grow upright for containers and
flower beds. Any of them can be trained to grow in a tree form.
Fuchsias need to be protected from frost. If you put them out before May 20,
you may need to cover them or bring them inside if we have a late cold snap. Fuchsias grow best in cool temperatures with little or no direct sunlight. Protect them from drying winds and give them a regular supply of water and
fertilizer. Fuchsias do not make good houseplants.
Watering: Water as often as the soil
becomes slightly dry, however, never let a fuchsia wilt as this will
contribute to bud drop. Hanging baskets need special attention as they can dry
out quickly in hot summer weather. If foliage wilts in extreme heat regardless
of watering, mist the plant to cool it down or move it to a cooler location
Apply Jack's Blossom
Booster with every watering to keep them blooming.
Pinching: Pinching the tips off some
longer branches forces growth into side branches making the plant bushier and
improves blossoming. Pick off old flowers as they fade and never allow berries
to form if you can help it. They reduce flower production.
Pests: Fuchsias can be bothered
by aphids, spider mites, or whiteflies. If not controlled, they cause the
leaves to yellow and drop.