Tips For Planting A Hardy Fuchsia
A hardy fuchsia will give you the forgiving nature of a tolerant perennial shrub. You can coax your hardy fuchsia to keep flowering every year, but if you have any problems with frost, high heat, too much sun, too much humidity, or not enough humidity, you can end up with a very unhappy (if even alive) hardy fuchsia.
Never overwater your hardy fuchsia. You can end up with root rot or other complications for the plant, and you can likely kill your fuchsia plant just by providing too much moisture to the roots and blossoms. Also, don’t overhead water your fuchsias, because they don’t like the water falling on them.
Fuchsias like bright shade—meaning, shade where they can still have access to sunlight. You can put them beneath a shady tree, or on your outdoor porch. If you wanted to grow fuchsia indoors, you can do that and provide the light it needs by putting it in a bright room but keeping it from direct sunlight. You can also help your plant out by providing artificial light indoors in the winter, if you’re trying to keep it as a year-round plant.
Fuchsias don’t tolerate the wrong fertilizer well, nor do they tolerate overfertilization. You should make sure that you’re using a balanced fertilizer (like a fertilizer with numbers the same or close to the same, like 15-15-15, etc.). Using the wrong fertilizer can cause chemical or nutrient burn, whereas using the right fertilizer too often can and will cause gray mold, or botryitis.
Planting deep into the soil will help your fuchsia find all of the nutrients it needs without having to fight for them. You also help the plant to protect itself against frost and extreme heat, as well as giving it a permanent home you can mulch for the wintertime.
Speaking of mulch, you should heavily mulch your fuchsia before the first frost if it’s outside and needs protecting. This can help your plant get all of the nutrients it needs without having to give it even more fertilizer. It also helps to eliminate weeds trying to take nutrients away from your fuchsia plant.
The absolute best way to grow fuchsia if in your area they don’t like the climate is to put them in planters that can be moved around. This way you can keep the shade and light circumstances perfect, you can help your plant avoid drought and heavy rain, and you can also help overwinter your fuchsia plant in a garage of a shed. While you can plant fuchsia outdoors in some regions, it’s best if you’re not sure that you plant your fuchsia in a mobile pot—meaning, something on casters or wheels that can be moved to another place in your home
You can follow all of these tips, or just a few—but each one will help you cultivate some of the most stunning, hardy fuchsias you’ve ever seen, and the perk is, they’ll be your very own flowers in your own garden!