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Fuchsia fulgens, beautiful carmine flowers

Fuchsia fulgens

Fuchsia fulgens boasts magnificent flowers all summer long and large, bright leaves that are very original.

Summary of Fuchsia fulgens facts

Name – Fuschia fulgens
Family Onagraceae or Willowherb family
Type perennial

8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm)
Exposure full sun, part sun
Soil ordinary

Foliage deciduous     Flowering: May to October

Care, pruning and planting must all follow good practices to have your plant bear very nice Fuchsia flowers.

Planting Fuchsia fulgens

Favor planting in spring, taking great care to enrich the soil with soil mix and even soil conditioner such as manure and seaweed if possible.

In areas with mild climates in winter, you can also plant in fall.

Keep a distance of about 32 inches (30 cm) between specimens.

  • Propagation through cuttings is relatively easy during the month of August.

Pruning and caring for Fuchsia fulgens

Cut wilted flowers off as they die, this favors the appearance of new buds.

Caring for Fuchsia fulgensIn fall, cut back as short as you can in November, and protect the foot of the plant with dried leaf mulch for instance.

  • If you fear harsh colds, feel free to add horticultural fleece.

Be careful if you’re growing fuchsia plants and if you live in a region where the climate is harsh, you must absolutely grow it in a pot and bring it indoors to a shed or space that is cool but where it doesn’t freeze during the winter.

Watering for F. fulgens

In case of high temperatures or prolonged dry spells, water enough to keep the soil moist, especially if it is grown in a pot.

Feel free to mulch the base of your Fuschia fulgens to keep the soil moist as long as possible.

Growing potted Fuchsia fulgens

In spring and summer

The entire point of growing a plant in a pot is that you’re able to place it anywhere, like a terrace or a balcony.

But the soil usually dries up much faster in a pot than in the ground, and it helps to water regularly, especially in the summer.

It loves light sun but appreciates shade in the summer when temperatures are high.

In fall and winter

The same advice applies as for specimens growing directly in the ground.

Fuchsia plants aren’t hardy and will need to be protected in areas where the temperature consistently drops below 32°F (0°C).

In winter, pots make roots even more vulnerable to the cold and to freezing, and so bringing the plants indoors to a nice cool and sheltered spot until the winter is over is recommended.

All there is to know about fuchsia fulgens

Fuchsia fulgens is actually a small tree that looks like a bush and is native to Central and South America.

It is one from over a hundred species belonging to the fuchsia genus, which makes for a wide variety of colors, flowers and leaves.

The important number of species also makes it possible to spread the blooming season.

It bears magnificent flowers shaped like elongated bells which are noticed for their original shape and the brightness of their red colors.

Smart tip about fuchsia fulgens

To stimulate this magnificent blooming, regularly add organic liquid fertilizer designed for geraniums or flowering plants.

Images: Pixabay: Etienne Gontier; shutterstock: Wut Moppie
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