Cultivation Notes

All fuchsias have the same general routine care: In the garden they should be grown in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, with shelter from cold and drying winds. In containers, use a loam-based potting compost (John Innes No 3) or peat-free multipurpose compost.

Watering: Sufficiently to keep the compost moist but not waterlogged. Do not leave plants standing in water.

Position: Fuchsias prefer shade during the hottest part of the day.

Trailing types: are ideal for hanging baskets.

Upright types: are suitable for containers and garden cultivation.

Feeding: Containerised plants benefit from a balanced, liquid fertiliser in late summer while those planted in the ground benefit from a dressing of general fertiliser in the spring and again in the summer.

Half-hardy fuchsias: Overwintered in frost-free conditions.

Hardy fuchsias: Plant the base of the stem 5cm (2in) below the soil surface. Protect the crown of hardy fuchsias in autumn with a mulch of compost, bark or straw.