Now is the time to plant Fuchsias.

One of my favourite quick growing plants.  It has a lovely green foliage that is very rich, and you will often find most gardens have fuchsias as they grow quick, and when blooming they look gorgeous.   I actually pick mine up from Morrison’s and they cost £1 a plant.  I have never had any fail and they look gorgeous when blooming.

For my hanging basket.

They are a very versatile plant, and you can have them as hanging baskets, wrapped round an archway, or just growing along a back wall or up a fence.  They are just fabulous, and they actually have their own national society.  The British Fuchsia Society. 

You can get all sorts of help and advice from there and one of the joys of a fuchsia is that when planted and growing, it will come back bigger and stronger year after year. 

When planting fuchsias.

Plant them in the early spring or autumn but make sure you read the label properly and only plant when the early morning frosts have gone.  This will give it a great start and once it takes hold then it will grow and grow.

When planting in the ground or in a basket make sure you have dug the hole deep enough and use some compost.  I know that people say peat but there are plans afoot to ban this so like I keep reminding you…. compost, compost, compost and give it a good mix with your soil.   If you are putting it in a basket or a container don’t worry about packing it tight as the plant actually likes a lot of growing room.

Make sure that you have planted it in a good drainage area and again leave plenty of space as they can grow rapidly from one year to the next.  I would recommend about 45cm apart.  I know others say 30 but bear in mind that they do grow quickly.

Once planted water at least twice a week especially if it is warm.  If the weather gets hot I always do it every day as there is a chance the soil could dry out and that would be no good for the plant.  So just go with the weather and if it looks like a glorious hot day, then give your plant some water rather than let it go thirsty.

Try and feed the new plant once a week and you can pick up any good feed product at a garden centre.  I tend to use mine only a couple of times during the summer as I tend to put more compost on the soil and let it feed the ground naturally.  The aim is to get the soil rich.  Rich soil benefits the plant itself.

De-head any dead or decaying flowers as this will encourage more flowers to grow and they keep coming back and back.  The colours are gorgeous.

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The Fuchsia likes both a partially shaded area and directly into a sunny location.   This gave me the chance to plant them across the garden and with my heathers on one side and the roses and oak tree saplings on the other.  They will grow as they are a hardy plant.

Watch out for the Fuchsia mite or all pests that could attack your plants.   We have seen a growth over a number of years of mites that like to eat the flowers but just get a good spray for the flowers to kill off mites and follow the instructions.  Again, spray it at dusk so you don’t affect bees, wasps, butterflies, or moths.   If any of the plant grows a yellow effect shoot then break off and burn as it has been affected by the mite.

I know that a lot of garden centres state that vigilance will prevent the mite, but when you have it, it will be too late.  I have that many plants in my garden that to check each and every one would take me hours each day.  So, to prevent this I get the mite spray and it does work.  It is not too harsh a chemical on the plant and do not spray generously.  Too much will damage it.  Just do it when it has flowered and that should be it.   If you prefer to do it without the spray then you will have to de-head each and every flower, and that could end up with having no flowers and the mite just occurring again. 

Prune in the spring just before any new sign of life appears, and it is best to do it ground level as this will allow new sprouts to appear.  I did keep the original sticks of the plant for the first year as it gave the flower a bit of support to grow, and then after that it was cut down every spring and it worked.  

What types of Fuchsia?

Fuchsia is for the most part grouped into three categories:

Hardy,

Upright or

One of the main ways of identifying a Fuchsia is the pendulous flower-heads and the inner petals will bloom with the outer petals too and reveal a beautiful bell shape flower that hangs down in spectacular fashion.

The colours vary and come in a range of pinks, purples, whites, red and oranges.

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You can purchase a hardy fuchsia, and these will grow anywhere.  My favourites ones are the upright.  I have them down at the bottom of the garden and they are growing by my wall.  It has created a lovely natural defence against the wall, and the flowers bloom throughout summer.  Take note that they can grow quickly when established and will need trimming if you want to keep a hedge type effect.   This has to be done at least twice a month as they grow that quickly.

I also have an upright climbing Fuchsia on my archway.  It creates a beautiful array of colour during the summer and the flowers are a pink and white.  Again, these actually need trimming a couple of times a week as I am shaping it around the archway and it grows very quickly.  I have Ivy growing on the other side and it will look stunning when fully grown.

My archway. This needs constant trimming as it is a quick grower. Ivy is growing the other side.

The trailing Fuchsia is the one ideal for hanging basked and containers.  If you are going to have it in a plant pot then train it to hang over the edges. Again, this is just some trimming and only takes minutes with a hanging basket. These type however are more sensitive to frost and if it looks like a particularly cold couple of days then bring your plant in.  Or, as if you have purchased a potting shed put it in there.

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I will be purchasing a large green house where I will actually be growing these plants myself.

Again, all my plants that are in the ground outside are covered with bark and shale at the soil.  It keeps the roots warm during a cold snap and keeps the soil moist.  This is a perfect solution for our weather.  It only takes a little bit of moving when putting down extra compost, but the effect is stunning.

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