Secrets to Growing a Fuschia Plant
The fuschia plant is rumored to be difficult to grow, but the truth is that this tropical gem can be quite easy to maintain as long as the conditions are right. As with any living thing, all the fuschia plant needs to thrive is the right home, good food and loving care.
One of the reasons the fuschia may have the reputation of being a hard plant to keep is its beauty. With its brightly colored, delicate flowers bursting from its deep green leaves, the tropical lushness can be intimidating to anyone but the most experienced gardeners. But fear not, because now you will be in on the secrets to growing a beautiful fuschia of your own.
The first step is deciding on the best place to grow your fuschia plant. With their bounty of colorful blooms, fuschias look amazing in hanging baskets. No wonder this is one of the most popular ways to display a fuschia. Fuschia blossoms pop in shades of deep purple and magenta, or fuchsia – hence the name. The flowers droop down from the branches, shooting in all directions, like a vine. In a hanging basket, this natural flow of flowers is allowed to follow its own perfect path to perfection. Of course, you don’t have to keep your fuschia in a hanging planter; these plants look lovely in any type of pot.
Fuschia plants like the sun, but they can’t hack the heat, so a sunny indoor spot in front of a window works very well for this type of plant when growing them in the house. If you are keeping them outside, try a shady area – a covered porch is perfect, as is a shaded patio. The plant will tell you if it is happy in its new home. If it flourishes, you have picked the right spot. If it gets droopy, you may want to try a new locale.
Whether you choose a hanging pot, or something on the ground, it is important that your fuschia’s new planter has very good drainage. The best draining pots are ones that have a tray on the bottom to hold the water as it drains out. Without a tray, the water may run out too quickly and your plant will be left without enough nutrients. The tray allows your fuschia to absorb nutrients from the water before it all drains away. And this is vital to having a healthy fuschia plant, because if there is one thing that these plants depend on it is abundant nutrients. In fact, most experienced fuschia growers fertilize their plants on a regular schedule of every two weeks.
Once you have your fuschia in the proper planter, start a regular watering routine and stick with it. Fuschias do well when watered in the morning, because they can soak up the water while the sun is shining on them. This way they won’t become water logged. Keep an eye on them and make sure the water is draining properly and not too fast. This is especially important with hanging planters and vital if they do not have a drainage tray. Never over water these plants, and do your best to stay with a schedule. Changing up the watering time and day can sometimes cause stress to the fuschia plant, which will negatively impact its growth and blooms.
Because of its sensitivity, it is best to purchase a fuschia plant from a nursery or garden center rather than a supermarket or discount store. Stay away from plants with few blossoms and a lot of dead or dying leaves.