The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Fuchsia

Family: Onagraceae.

Fuchsia Genus of about 100 species of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, and a few perennials, from mountainous areas of Central and South America and New Zealand. There are more than 8,000 hybrids and cultivars. Fuchsia is a good plant for a hanging pot. In the house they need bright light but outside provide some shade. Provide an evenly moist soil and use a house plant fertilizer according to label directions. Fuchsia prefers cool temperatures, preferably below 70 degrees. Ideal temperatures are 60 to 65 degrees during the day and 50 to 55 degrees at night. Plants grown outside during the summer must be brought inside before the first fall frost. Excessively large plants may be cut back to 6 inch stubs in late fall or early winter. Fuchsia may be rested during the winter. Resting plants are pruned back and run quite dry until February, when normal watering is begun. Hot and dry weather causes flower bud drop. Regular training and pruning are necessary to keep the plant free-flowerinf and shapely. With young plants pinch out the stem tips to promote bushly growth to induce bud formation. Fuchsia
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 55F in winter.Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in soilless or soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Misting is necessary. Take softwood stem cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Sow seed at 59-75 F (15-24 C) in spring.

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