Fuchsia (Trailing) Care Guide
Welcome to your Fuchsia care guide! Here you will find all of our Growers' knowledge of how best to look after your Fuchsia, and what to do if you get stuck.
Plant name: Fuchsia
Latin name: Fuchsia magellanica
Varieties included: Fuchsia Jollies series
Fuchsias are unique in their appearance – their teardrop-shaped buds are known to pop open to reveal some of the most beautiful flower head. Fuchsias can be mistaken for artificial plants because of their delicate nature. Fuchsias grow in shades of pink, white, purple, red and white.
The trailing fuchsias are an excellent addition to patio containers and hanging baskets, and produce masses of buds throughout the summer. They are easy to grow, making them a great addition to any garden or outdoor space. They certainly look the part in a cottage garden!
What does this mean? These are not hardy fuchsias and therefore will not tolerate frosts. Be sure to plant them out after the spring garden frosts have passed. There are also many hardy varieties available.
Before You Start
If you are planting in a garden container, make sure it is clean and has drainage holes in the base. You will need a good quality compost, trowel, watering-can and gloves may also be useful (although we do encourage getting your hands dirty!) Maybe a motivational speech or two…you can do this!
If planting into a garden container or hanging basket, fill this up with compost, adding some large stones or gravel to the bottom couple of inches of the container (not the
hanging basket) to provide drainage (this isn’t essential but it can help). Leave about 2cm of space at the top of the container once you have filled it with compost.
Once you have decided where the plant is going dig a hole a little bit bigger than the pot size in your bed, border or container.
Next, take the plant out of the pot. This can be done easily by squeezing the sides of the pot between your thumb and fingers, then releasing your grip on the pot. This helps the roots come away from the pot.
Then hold the plant by the base of the stem, close as possible to the pot and remove the plastic pot. Hold your plant by the root ball and position in the middle of the hole.
The top of the compost around the plant should be a little lower than the level of the bed / border. If you need to dig a little deeper take the plant out and make the hole a bit deeper.
Once the Fuchsia plant fits in the hole you can twist it around to get the best side of the plant facing forwards. When you are happy with the position fill the hole back in around the root ball and firm the soil back in.
Finally give the garden plant a good water, wherever possible trying to avoid getting water on the flowers.
Avoid planting during the hottest parts of the day. They prefer to be planted during the cooler part of the day as this reduces their stress levels.
Fuchsia plants are best in areas with full sun – it doesn’t need to be sunny all day long, but some sun will help them to thrive and bloom all summer long, with new buds coming through all the time.
A brilliant hanging plant that produces flowers that cascade over the sides of hanging baskets beautifully.
Watering & Feeding Guide
As the trailing varieties are best in garden containers or hanging baskets, they need to be watered regularly (they can’t soak water up from the soil like plants in beds and borders can do).
On the hottest days, we recommend you water every day – but of course, just check the soil before hand and if it feels wet, maybe skip that day and check back the next day.
Fuchsias will benefit from a feed every week or so; a multipurpose feed will be great for this.
These tender annual bedding plants are surprisingly drought-tolerant, happy in sun or shade, but they benefit from regular feeding.
We also recommend using a special potting mix compost for your garden containers, ensuring your plants have the best nutrients to get them started in their new surroundings.
Soil type: Best in a neutral or alkaline soil, that is free draining. A good potting mix will provide the ideal conditions in your patio container or hanging basket.
Dead head any faded or dying flowers to prolong the flowering season and keep your Fuchsia producing new buds.
We love Fuchsias here at The Growers – the trailing varieties are particularly impressive and are a great option to add colour, with their impressive bi-colour blooms.
Can make a great trailing house plants, if you know how!