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How To Care For Fuchsias

How To Choose Fuchsias
Even if you plan to propagate your own fuchsias, you need to start with a few plants acquired from a garden centre, online or friends. When examining the plants, size is not too important, smaller healthy plants will soon catch up and even overtake larger less healthy ones.

Before listing the points to look for and avoid when choosing fuchsias, one tip for the wise - there are so many varieties of fuchsias that it's not surprising that the odd one or two are incorrectly labelled. Buying plants in flower is one way to avoid getting the wrong one, another is to compare the colour, size and shape of the leaves against a specimen that is in flower. Enough said - it doesn't happen that often.

Caring for a fuchsia picture An excellent choice of fuchsia on the left - it exhibits all the qualities listed below and it just looks healthy. This particular cultivar is 'Winston Churchill'.

Choose fuchsia plants with:

  • an even symmetrical shape

  • good green leaves from green (not brown and woody) stems

  • good root system - turn upside down and tap out from the pot to examine them

  • several shoots from the lower part of the main stem

Avoid fuchsia plants with:

  • uneven growth

  • aphids, white fly or rust - beware most of all of rust (see pests and diseases section)!

  • incorrect pot size - it should be roughly 35% pot, 65% visible plant

  • signs of lack of water 



Name: Dave
Date posted: January 02, 2011 - 07:58 pm
Message: I've been growing fuchsias for over 30 years some for the show bench and for leisure, my favourites are the single cultivars the doubles are brilliant to look at but you get fewer blooms because it takes the strength out of the plant, I read one of the questions about keeping fuchsias in the house during the winter, fuchsias do not make good house plants because the atmosphere is too dry where fuchsias require a hunid atmosphere, the first thing that will happen is the the leaves will lose their lusture then the blooms and the buds will drop off and then the leaves will go limp, as well as this there is a chance that red spider will be a problem because red spider thrive in a dry atmosphere, so if you can't over winter your plants bury them in the garden at least 8 to 10 inches deep but don't forget to mark the spot where you have buried your plants, dig them up in about march or when the ground is workable.