Name: Fuchsia

Growth habit: Some grow upright, some like a shrub and others trail.
Light Level: Prefers partial shade. Will tolerate full shade but most will not do well in full sun.
Water: Generously.
Fertilization: Any water-soluble fertilizer formulated for garden flowers or vegetables.
Planting Medium: Light, loose, well-draining soil is ideal, but most will tolerate a heavier soil.

Common afflictions: Aphids, rust, white flies, spider mites, thrips

Pruning: Prune in early spring when new growth begins. Repot at this time, too.

Fuchsia Facts: Fuchsias are elegant flowers, often with sepals (outer petals) and corolla (inner petals) of contrasting colors. Their blossoms come in a variety of colors, most often various shades of pink, purple and white, and can be as small as a button or as large as the palm of your hand. While trailing fuchsias make spectacular hanging baskets, upright fuchsias do well in the ground and can reach several feet high. Fuchsias originated in the Caribbean but in spite of its tropical origins, many varieties grow in temperate regions. These varieties go dormant and look dead in the winter, but return to life in the spring.  You may often find that a large fuchsia in full bloom is frequently the center of a hummingbird battle, as the tiny birds love to feed on fuchsia nectar.

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