Fuchsia – Plant of the Week (7th June)

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The fuchsia looks stunning at this time of year. It’s covered in flowers that look like tiny ballerinas dancing in the breeze. I love the bright colour that it brings to our gravel garden at the front of the house.

A hardy fuchsia is a really easy plant to grow. Once it’s established, you can cut it back hard each year and the flowers grow on the new year’s growth. I hardly water this plant and it’s been a dry May but it still puts on a beautiful show.

Fuchsia flowers.
Fuchsia. Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Apparently, the first fuchsias were discovered in the 17th Century on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). But despite it’s tropical heritage, it’s perfectly happy in the cooler climes of the UK. You can expect a fuchsia to flower from summer right through to the first frosts. In fact, my plant never really stopped flowering over winter last year. I was in two minds whether to cut it back in March or let it carry on. I left it alone and I’m really pleased with the display this summer.

Fuchsia Likes

A fuchsia will grow well in full sun or partial shade. If you want to prolong the flowering season, you can deadhead so that the plant puts all its energy into producing new flowers instead of seeds.

Fuchsia Dislikes

Once established they require very little care. However, if you’re planting a new plant, you must water it well and give it a feed until it is well established. I always feed my new plants with Tomorite.

Fuchsia. Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Special Care

I’ve never given any special care to my fuchsias and consider them one of the lowest maintenance flowers that I have. You can create new plants easily from stem cuttings. If you have particularly beautiful specimen, this would guarantee an exact clone of the parent plant. You could then put them all around the garden!

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