Fuchsia hybrida plant grow and care – shrub of the genus Fuchsia also known as Fuchsia plant, Fuchsia hybrida perennial evergreen or annual plant, grown as ornamental for flowers, fragrant and attract pollinators, can grow in temperate, subtropics, mediterranean climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 5-10a and with the right care in hardiness zone 10b.
Leaves color green in elliptic shape the margin can be serrated.
Fuchsia hybrida flower
Flower color can be: red, purple, white, pink, fuchsia mostly more than one color, flowers shape cone in the middle and 4 petals in the outer part.
How to care: Add fertilizer once a year, add mulch especially in the summer to keep soil moist
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (care explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction, cutting need to be above 20-25C (68-77F) also the water can’t be cold, high humidity, better in full shade for cutting on the water need to switch the soil every few days in growing, to put the stems in soil need moist soil and water it with spray better to use growth hormone and peat soil.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but easier from cutting and when grow as annual plant it will be impossible to make it bloom in one year and from cutting will bloom few month
Difficulties or problems when growing: Might die in heat wave
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-10a, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b
How to plant: Planting in bigger hole and put organic matter, chopped dead leaves and humus, put the plant and cover it lightly
Pests and diseases: Aphids, spider mite, whitefly, leaf hoppers
Pruning season: All year, better after the blooming season
How to prune: Dead flowers and for design
Size of the plant: 20-70 cm, 8-28 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing and when start from seeds grow slowly
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water, better not to let the soil dry especially in the blooming season and in the summer the plant when it’s above 35C (95F) need to increase the amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun in cold climate in warm summer the plant might be burn by the sun and even die / Half Shade / Full Shade with light
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
How to care indoors: When grow indoor need to give the plant enough light, don’t put the plant next to heater
Growing is also possible in pots, planter, flowerpot or containers: Yes, when grow in container, size 5-10 liter (1-2 gallon), average amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom for the pot, when it’s grow as perennial every two years to switch soil, and prune part of the roots and the plants, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite, when grow as annual better to use new soil mix, in pot need to fertilizer twice a year once before blooming and other in the middle of the blooming season
Bloom season: Spring to summer and in hardiness zone 10b autumn to spring
General information about the flower Flowers color: red, purple, white, pink, fuchsia mostly more than one color
How to grow Fuchsia hybrid from seeds
Sowing requirement: Small seeds, soil can be potting mix or peat soil with vermiculite 20-25C (68-77F)
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry and dark location
Sowing season: Spring to summer, possible to start in the early winter indoor
How to plant: Better to put the seeds on vermiculite it’s help them to germinate
Planting spacing: 15*20cm (6-8 inches)
Depth of Sowing: On the soil or 0.5cm (0.25 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate: High humidity, light moist, a lot of light
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water / Big amount of water, better to use spray of water twice a day
Germination time: 3-5 weeks
Condition of seedling: Seedling gentle and better to let them to grow a little bit before transplant and also keep high humidity and expose it to more light