Hardy Fuchsia vs Tender Fuchsia

The amazingly alluring blossoms produced by the fuchsia plant is the main reason why so many gardeners consider this plant a must have. This article will discuss the differences between hardy and tender fuchsias to provide gardeners with clear knowledge about how the plant types differ.


Temperature Tolerance

Hardy Fuchsias tend to be more shrub-like than their tender counterparts and may be kept in the garden year round. One does not have to worry about protecting a hardy fuchsia during a mild winter because they have the ability to survive cold climates. However, in the presence of freezing temperatures it is advisable to protect hardy fuchsias from frost damage by covering the entire plant with a thin and breathable cloth.

Tender Fuchsias are often kept in containers or hanging baskets because keeping them in containers gives the gardener the benefit of locomotion. Tender fuchsias require a lot of extra attention during the winter because they are not adapted to surviving in the harsh cold. As the first sign of winter appears, tender fuchsias must be stored away from the frost and kept in a storage area or garage. They can be kept anywhere where they will still experience cold, but be protected from bitter cold and frost. They need a minimum temperature of 40 degrees during the winter months or they will die.

Some gardeners recommend cutting back your tender fuchsias before storing them for the winter. It should be known that only experienced or lucky gardeners are able to successfully and healthfully prune their fuchsias before winter storage. This is due to the fact that the open cuts on tender fuchsias are extremely vulnerable to frost damage. If you are not an experienced gardener, refrain from cutting back your tender fuchsias too aggressively if at all.


Plant Size

Hardy fuchsias are much larger, bushier, and robust than tender fuchsias because they are adapted to withstanding a wider range of weather and other natural occurrences. Hardy fuchsias are native to the Pacific Northwest where they are often observed being used as garden boarders. The Pacific Northwest is known for its frequent rain showers and moderate temperature ranges. If you wish to keep a hardy fuchsia in your garden you should consider whether or not it will survive in your climate zone.

Tender fuchsias are available in both upright and trailing varieties; their stems could be accurately described as spindly and weak in comparison to hardy fuchsias. However, these fuchsias are adaptable to a wide range of soil types and lighting conditions which makes them an alluring choice for odd soil types.