Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida) is a frost-tender, shrubby plant. It has ovate light green leaves and the flowers are spectacular, with four flared sepals often in a contrasting color to the bell-shaped petals. The petals may be single, semi-double or double, with stamens and pistils extending from the blooms. Thousands of hybrids offer rich colors to choose from in any combination of white, pink, red, lavender, or purple. These shrubs form various habits from prostrate to upright. Upright varieties are best for containers. Weeping types are best for hanging baskets.
Scientific Name: Fuchsia x hybrida
Common Name: Fuchsia
How to grow and maintain Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida):
It thrives best in bright light, but no direct sunlight.
It grows best in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained, any good potting mix.
Water thoroughly, Keep the soil evenly moist in spring through fall. Reduce watering in the winter, while the plant is dormant.
It prefers cool temperature at night 50°F – 55°F / 10°C – 13°C and warmer 60°F-70°F / 16°C – 21°C during the day. Give it a cool rest in winter with a minimum temperature of 45°F / 7°C.
It prefers moderate humidity. Leaf and flower drop is probably caused by dry, hot air. Move your fuchsia plant to a cooler spot and raise the humidity around it by placing the pot on a tray of wet pebbles.
Fertilize every two weeks in spring and summer with balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
It can be easily propagated by stem tip cuttings. Take 7 cm (3inches) stem tip cuttings in spring and root in moist potting mix.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Watch for aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies.