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by Bill on July 07, 2004 06:17 PM
Fuchsia triphylla 'Firecracker'

* Upright growth to 24"
* Partial to full shade
* Variegated foliage


[teacher] Fuchsias
Fuchsia care is often determined by where you live and your climate, but in most circumstances they can be treated in the same way you'd treat any other shade loving perennial.

The optimum growing temperature for Fuchsias is 75 F. during the day and 60 F. at night so in the hot, dry areas, your Fuchsia should be grown in full shade only, and provided with lots of water. It is helpful to provide additional water, and mist the plants daily during extremely hot periods.

In the cooler parts of the country, Fuchsias will tolerate almost full sun, but the optimum condition would be sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon.

The soil should always be kept moist (never soggy!)... Water daily if the weather is hot, every other day when its cooler.

Fuchsia's require a rich, well drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Feed them monthly with a complete, all purpose fertilizer.

You should remove spent flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. (Leave one or two to fruit on the plant if you'd like to collect the seeds) Pinching will create a much bushier plant.

Fuchsias may be upright growing shrubs or they may be trailing (hanging) plants. Unfortunately, most Fuchsias are only hardy to USDA zones 9-10, but many of the "uprights" are hardy to zone 7. Hardy varieties should be pruned back hard in late winter.

Fuchsias can be grown from seeds, which will germinate in 3-4 weeks if they are kept at 70-75 F. Do not cover the seeds, because they require light for germination.

Fuchsias can also be propagated by softwood cuttings. Use tip cuttings with four or five pairs of leaves. Strip the bottom two pair of leaves and put them in a 50/50 mix of sand and peat moss. Keep the rooting medium moist and the cuttings lightly shaded. The cuttings should be well rooted and ready for transplant to small pots in about 6-8 weeks.

[grin]  - These are Cedar Hill flowers!

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by Jiffymouse on July 07, 2004 08:08 PM
by weezie13 on July 07, 2004 09:46 PM

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