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Plant description

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Fuchsias are a genus of flowering plants, ranging from small shrubs to climbers to small trees. They have attractive, lush foliage, with massed displays of flowers for many months of the year. They are mostly native to South America.

Fuchsias are popular decorative garden shrubs with pretty pendulous flowers in a range of flower types and colours. They are versatile, perfect for container growing and as feature plants. There has been extensive breeding work, and there are thousands of different cultivars, with varying degrees of hardiness. There are varieties with upright growth habits, and others that are trailing, and suitable for pots and hanging baskets. Vigorous varieties can be used as hedges. Fuchsias can also be trained as standard plants, as they are fast growing and respond well to pruning.

Fuchsias like a fertile, well drained soil. They like a partially shaded position, with some hours of morning sun. Too much shade will lead to lanky growth and decreased flowering. They like regular watering, and protection from hot drying winds. They like a cool towarm temperate climate.

Propagation is from tip cuttings, which root readily.

Fuchsias do have some pest problems, caterpillars and aphids love the tasty foliage. Caterpillars can be picked off and squashed, and aphids can be deterred with a soap spray.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink, red, white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

rust

Pests

Caterpillars, aphids, mealy bugs, white fly

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser, applied through the warmer weather.

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