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Growing Fuchsia

by CountryLife Gardening | May 27, 2015

Growing Fuchsia
The garden is a hive of activity at the moment with many plants bursting into life which means there are many plants fighting for attention. Just before I sat down to write this I was unpacking a delivery of fuchsia from one of our Irish growers Tully Nurseries. Fuchsia can be often over looked for more showy and exciting shrubs. This should not be the case however as fuchsia is a very versatile shrub that can work in all gardens. In my eyes they are a very enjoyable plant to have in a garden and one which is very reliable too.

Many will associate fuchsia will the roads around Ireland whose roadside verges are peppered with the red and purple flowering shrub. While in many cases these fuchsia along roads do look great there is so much more to them and different varieties which can add seasonal interest to a garden. To date there are around 110 recorded species of fuchsia. The very first fuchsia recorded, Fuchsia triphylla, was found on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in 1696.

Fuchsia genii is a rather unusual variety which is in stock at the moment. Genii is a yellow leaf variety which can make a welcome change to the traditional dark green varieties. This variety can work to brighten up a somewhat dark spot in the garden as it does very well in semi shade. The flowers contrast against the bright leaves very well. I have grown this variety in my own garden for over ten years at this stage and it is a very reliable plant which I would class as almost evergreen as it keeps its leaves from March right through to October or November depending on how mild the weather is towards the end of the year.

FuchsiaFor those who enjoy variegated leaves in a garden, Fuchsia “Sunray” is a great investment with its pink and green variegated leaves and pink flowers. Fuchsia “Blacky” is another super one to consider as it is a fantastic grower with very large showy flowers of red and Purple. It should be planted in a sheltered spot in the garden.

While many will have fuchsia in their garden as a large shrub many people will use younger Fuchsia as hanging basket or container plants. When planted in the middle of a hanging basket they can add great height to a basket and due to their colours they tend to work with any planting combination which makes them very versatile.

Many gardeners will spend hours out in the garden picking the seed pods off fuchsia to encourage more flowers. This can be a very tedious job depending on the variety and how many seed pods they produce. If you want to avoid this you should go for double flowering varieties which do not produce as many seed pods to begin with.

In terms of feeding and caring for fuchsia they require very little work. A good quality tomato or seaweed feed will work wonders on them. In terms of pests vine weevil and greenfly are the main two to watch out for and can easily be treated for with pest controls from the garden centre. 

Liked this?...why not read my blog "Make your own Standard Fuchsia"

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

Please note: Availability of varieties mentioned will differ from store to store.