Add a delicate touch to the garden with fuchsias
This year I really took notice of the upright fuchsia plants that were planted in the garden. They are not a new plant in the yard, but I think it was one of the first times I really appreciated their beauty in the containers and shade gardens in which they were planted.
Frequently we hear about how fragile this plant is in the sun and the wind. Of course, these are concerns we must have living in the state of North Dakota. However, these factors do not have to be the reason why we shy away from them in the landscape. Many times it is just a matter of finding a protected area to place them, while still enjoying their wonderful characteristics throughout the growing season.
The fuchsia plants we grow in the garden can range anywhere from small plants to large hanging baskets or even the small tree variety in the upright selections. Their true draw happens to be their delicate flowers that seem to bloom in beautiful mixes of white, pink, red, lavender, magenta and deep purple. Some bloom in solid shades, but most have striking two-toned flowers that nearly look artificial.
Fuchsia plants are native to South and Central America, New Zealand and Tahiti. Luckily for us, we can obtain them in our own local nurseries each year when the growing season begins. They prefer bright locations that are protected from the strong winds and harsh heat of the midday sunlight. Cool shady areas seem to be their best zone to perform to their highest degree.
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My fuchsia plants were planted mostly in the ground this year with a couple in containers. They were the upright variety that reach about 8 to 12 inches tall with flowers that hang down from their sturdy stems. They really added that final touch to the mix of other foliage color and blooms.
If your plants ever become thin or leggy, simply pinch off the ends of the stems to promote more growth from within the plant. The more stems there are, the more blooms they will produce.
The flowers are born on thin stems that hang down from the leaf joints. They remind me of small oval-shaped, air-filled balloons. If you pinch them right before they are open, they pop and slowly open, but this practice can damage the flower. I think the kid in me makes it difficult to resist the temptation on many occasions. Don’t tell on me if you see me in a nursery with that deviant look on my face while passing one of the large hanging baskets of fuchsia. Never know when I just happened to have “popped” a couple of flowers.
When the flowers open they have four outer portions called sepals and the four central sections called the petals. These pendulous flowers have great contrasting color combinations, such as red sepals with deep purple petals, pink sepals with red or white petals, or both sepals and petals in the same color. The ones with the most brilliant colors have the ability to attract hummingbirds so this might be just the reason to try the bold colors in your garden. I like them both, but enjoy the pastels for a little cooling effect in the shady beds.
Some common varieties are ‘Alice Hoffman’ with pink and white blooms, ‘Dollar Princess’ and ‘Genii’ with their red and purple flowers, ‘Garden News’ with pink and magenta, and ‘Swingtime’ with a scarlet and white combination.
Even though our season seems to be coming closer and closer to an end, there is still plenty of time to take inventory of new things you might want to try next year in the garden. The fuchsia just happen to be one of those great flowers that add a unique dynamic to the garden, while giving the scene a little sense of fragility.
My plans for their use in the yard will greatly increase in the next growing season. My list of things to do is already two pages long and growing, and the winter season has not even come close to arriving yet. Let’s hope it doesn’t arrive as soon as last year! Heaven help me for making the next year a cheap one!!
Growing Fuchsia Flower – Care Of Fuchsias
The fuchsia flower is a beautiful, exotic flower with striking two-tone colors. The fuchsia flower is quite unusual with regard to its shape and the fact that they are really delicate. These beautiful flowers are great just about anywhere in your garden. However, you will find fuchsia growing best in hanging baskets on the patio. Keep reading to learn care instructions for fuchsia plants.
Care Instructions for Fuchsia
If you water and care for your fuchsia flower the way you are supposed to, you will find that fuchsia will grow abundantly pretty much all summer long.
The care of fuchsias includes making sure that there are no insects taking over the leaves of the plant. There are insects that will damage the fuchsia, so fuchsia plant care includes checking the area where the stem and leaf meet because this is a very common place to find insects.
Fuchsia plant care also includes making sure they have the right amount of light. Plant or hang your fuchsia flower in a semi-sunny area. They much prefer temperatures that are a little cooler and don’t like a lot of sunshine.
Be careful during summer months because too much hot weather weakens the fuchsia plant. This will not allow flowers to develop fully. You want to give this touchy plant plenty of shade. Also, hang the hanging baskets in cooler areas if you have summer temperatures that reach 80 degrees F. (27 C.) or more.
Fuchsia Plant Care
The care of fuchsias also includes water during hotter weather, but do not over water them or their roots will rot. Make sure the pots they are in provide adequate drainage.
Fuchsia plant care also requires a regular fertilization. Proper care for fuchsias means fertilizing them about every two weeks. They require some good nutrition, but you should limit use of fertilizer during late summer. This is because around this time, the fuchsia flower is getting ready for winter.
When the weather gets colder, avoid the frost and keep your fuchsia growing by taking them inside. You can hang them inside an enclosed porch area or even inside your home. You can keep your fuchsia growing all year long by wintering them indoors. Come spring, after the chance of frost, you can put them back outdoors and they will thrive and flourish in the right conditions.
Fuchsia plants are not hard to grow and in fact, you will find fuchsia growing quite abundantly in the right areas around your home. The hanging pots will over flow and hang down with beautiful flowers so long as you have provided the right kind of care.
Fuchsia Plants and Their Habitats
Fuchsias are flowering plants famous for long flowering seasons all year round. Fuchsia flowers are striking, characterized by a distinct shape and delicateness and are the one of the main reasons why we our commmunity spends most of our free time reasearching this wonderful specieos. The plants are easy to grow, and today they have become synonymous with home gardens and hedges. Nonetheless, successful cultivation if these plants is not a simple task. For one, they require specific environments to thrive. Let’s see how.
Fuchsia plants do well in a moist environment, but not waterlogged, hence the reason we have ‘Beaver Tail’ panels as part of the design in the Citrus House, which couteracts any flooding probs we would have if we had regular, flat windows. In a waterlogged climate, the plants will be susceptible to foot rot. For that reason, the solid should sustain good drainage. If you live in dry weather, consider regular watering to keep the soil moist for these plants.
Temperatures of between 55-80 Fahrenheit are contusive of the growth of Fuchsias although this is varied depending of the particular species and the habitiat it had first sustained in. Nonetheless, certain Fuchsia varieties can survive in warm temperatures of up to 80F. Although say all of this to be on the safe side, transfer the Fuchsi’s to a shade during warm weathers of the summer. The plants also need to be cultivated in a shelter during the winter because their stems are prone to frostbites.
Green House Fuchsias
Fuchsias can thrive all year round in a regulated greenhouse. Species such as the F. triphylla and F. procumbent perform well in greenhouses. You can plant them in pots within the greenhouse, or directly on the ground. Doing this means that this plants in particular will be able to add some beautiful style to your indoor garden space all year round, helping you get that green finger feel any time of the year.
Fuchsias are delicate and tender plants, and growing them in a container gives them a chance to withstand weather conditions. You can move the pots in the shade during hot or cold seasons. This also gives you the potential to bring some classic fuchsia pink colour into your home, on a smaller scale of course, we arent suggesting you have a huge overgrown plant in your living, although that would help your persoanl space standout…
South America and Tahiti also boast many fuchsia varieties. The F. magellanica species is found in plenty in South America, flourishing in the cold temperate zone of Tierra del Fuego. Wild fuchsia grows from sea level to 1000 meters, and they grow in large numbers along river banks and forest borders which makes it the perfect plant in particular for your garden, a taller addition to have if you want to cover walls and fences, similar to what we were reffering to in one of our other posts.
In Mexico and Costa Rica, you can find Fuchsia species like Fuchsia decidua, Fuchsia fulgens and Fuchsia splendens among others. Northern Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela, and Hispaniola now have 64 recognized wild fuchsia species. These include Fuchsia abrupta, Fuchsia ampliata, Fuchsia Andrei, Fuchsia aquaviridis and Fuchsia austromontana among others.
In Panama and Costa Rica, you will only find the Fuchsia jimenezii while in Peru you will find the Fuchsia pachyrrhiza species. Along the roadways of south-west Ireland, you can spot flowering fuchsia plants between July and October. The Fuchsia species here are shrubs reaching only 1.5 m. These plants grow along hedges in the coastal areas.
If you want to know more about where you could find different types of wild fuchsia for yourself, you should really go read through our post on this subject, you will be in awe with just how different one flower specius can be and the varies conditions a plant can survive in.
New Zealand’s Fuchsia excorticata
New Zealand has the most extensive variety of wild Fuschias. Here you will find the Fuchsia excorticata variety that grows to 12 meters with a trunk of about 60cms in diameter. New Zealand’s Fuchsia grows in the Wild Garden and along the streams of the Circular Walk and forest ends. The F. excorticata is a deciduous plant whose leaves have a distinctive autumn shade. Flowers grow freely on the trunk and branches as well as among the leaves.
Even though people break a sweat to cultivate fuchsias for home gardens, many species of these plants also thrive in the wild under no human care which makes them the perfect plant for green finger lovers who arent able to care for their garden space all year round!
If you are wondering who is eating all the berries of your fuchsia bush, it’s me. I can’t tell you how much joy I get from wandering around my neighbourhood plucking from front garden bushes the juiciest of dripping fruit – it tastes somewhere between a kiwi, blueberry and strawberry, with a touch of pepper. If it’s too peppery, you are picking too soon – the berries really do need to be bursting.
The best berries tend to be on the naffest bushes; those bedding sorts with pirouetting ballerinas for flowers, in clashing colour combinations. If it’s hard to imagine wanting such a thing in your garden, you may change your mind when you taste the berries. Plus, as bushes go, they are a tolerant sort: good for bees, unfussy about soil, shade and, for that matter, being pruned hard. On top of it all, they flower from June right through to October.
Fuchsia magellanica var molinae. Photograph: Alamy
The most common species grown here is Fuchsia magellanica, the hardy fuchsia with pink and purple flowers, which is found growing in the relatively temperate areas of southern Argentina and Chile. Although it can take heat and full sun, it flowers its socks off in the cooler months of September and October. It’s the one that often appears as an escapee in hedgerows in the warmer parts of the country.
If the clashing colour combination has your toes curling, then the pale lavender pink flowers of F. magellanica var molinae or, my favourite, the delicate pure white flowers of F. magellanica ‘Hawkshead’ make for elegant plants that are particularly useful in shade. There’s also F. magellanica ‘Sharpitor’, which has beautiful pale pink flowers and delicate white margins to the leaves.
Fuchsia magellanica Hawkshead. Photograph: Gap Photos
These plants do best in a sheltered spot. A hard frost will take the plants right the way down, but established plants in the ground will recover. Not so for pot subjects, which will need to be brought to somewhere protected, if hard frosts are prominent in your area. Even when cut back or hit by frost they are capable of making 3ft of growth in one summer, so need to be sited with this in mind. It’s not one for the front of a border.
Combine them with pale pink or white Japanese anemones, hydrangea and the long spires of Actaea simplexAtropurpurea Group. Fuchsia flower only on current season’s growth, so older plants can become very woody and leggy. In spring, treat them like buddleia and cut back old wood to a framework. Do this even if there are new shoots, as it will resprout from the base.
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