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Getting the best from your Fuchsia

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | May 29, 2017
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After June Bank Holiday when Bloom is over we always have a surge of customers in to CountryLife looking for fuchsia plants thanks to the impressive display they have at the garden festival. The displays at Bloom seem to always grab people’s attention and show them just how impressive they can be in a garden setting.

Normally fuchsia can often be 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 well in all types of garden. In my eyes they are an extremely reliable plant that can add great colour and keep flowering for months upon months.

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.

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.

For 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.

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.

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. 

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!

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