Fuchsias – How to grow beautiful plants

Fuchsias need little introduction. They have long been admired as darlings of the horticultural world, adding vibrancy and life to any space they inhabit. Loved by garden insects and birds alike, fuchsias truly deserve a place in every garden and they come in many forms including shrub, standard and bedding varieties. As such, fuchsias can be grown in beds, borders, hanging baskets and make wonderful container plants.

Known as easy-to-grow plants, fuchsias are a favorite plant of many gardeners and gardeners because of their willingness to propagate. If you bring your plants home, you should plant them in their permanent location as soon as possible. Of course this is not always possible and if you cannot plant them straight away you should try to water your plants regularly and keep them in a cool and bright place until planting is possible.

Fuchsias are versatile plants but enjoy a full sun location. Be sure to give plants some shade in the middle of the day, as extreme sunlight on summer days can cause plants to wilt and blooms to fade or drop prematurely. Depending on the growth form of the individual plants, whether hanging, shrub or other plants, they thrive well in beds, borders and tubs and there really is a fuchsia for every need.

Fuchsias grow well in most soils, but they need well-turned or deep, fertile and moist soil to thrive. You can improve your soil by digging it up, adding a slow release fertilizer, and improving drainage. Add plenty of organic material, such as well-rotted garden compost, well-rotted horse manure, or multi-purpose compost. If you’re growing plants in containers, you may also want to add water retention gel, which will hold water and ensure the plants don’t dry out completely.

Some care is required to keep fuchsias in peak condition, but this is relatively easy to achieve by following a few simple instructions. Plants need to be watered after planting to ensure they don’t dry out and to give them the necessary conditions to establish themselves well. However, you should be careful not to overwater the plants as fuchsias do not grow well in waterlogged conditions. Apply a general fertilizer at regular intervals during the growing season, and you can also use a liquid algae foliar fertilizer. When plants are flowering on new growth, you can pinch off growth tips early in the season to encourage branching, bushier plants, and more flower buds.

Not all fuchsias are hardy, but if you plan on leaving your fuchsias outdoors over the winter, make sure you plant the root ball deep when planting and about 5 cm (2″) of soil cover the root ball. This will give the plant a lustrous look a degree of protection from frost that allows it to regrow from the base if the top growth is damaged.

Thanks to R. Lewis | #Fuchsias #grow #beautiful #plants

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