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Why isn’t my Fuchsia flowering?

A fuchsia plant is known for its many hanging flowers dangling gracefully from the branches. If your fuchsia is not flowering, a few simple changes may help change that.


Since a fuchsia plant will only flower on new growth, it might be in need of some pruning or pinching. Use your finger and thumbnail to pinch off one-third to one-half of the stem length. The plant will flush out new growth near the cut areas, and as long as it’s getting enough light, it will take about 6 weeks to begin forming flower buds.

A fuchsia plant requires pinching often. Make it a habit to pinch off old flowers to encourage continuous flowering.

Too Much or a Lack of Sunlight

Fuchsias love to be kept in the brightest possible indirect light as an indoor plant, or in a shaded or semi-shaded area as an outdoor plant. If they are not getting enough light, they won’t make enough energy to bloom. If you are regularly pinching off old branches and the fuchsia is not flowering, try moving it a bit closer to the window indoors, or giving it an hour or two of direct morning sunlight if outdoors.

Exposure to extended periods of harsh direct sunlight, particularly in the heat of the afternoon, can also cause your plant not to bloom. Too much sun can stress the plant, putting it into a state of shock where it may stop growing. Evaluate the light in the space and consider moving the plant, adjusting the amount of sunlight it receives.

Lack of Fertilizer

The fuchsia plant loves being fed. If it is not blooming then it might be in need of some fertilizer. Use a water-soluble fertilizer once a month. Make sure to fertilize damp soil (never dry) and flush the soil regularly to reduce salt residue build-up from the fertilizer. You can also use a slow-release fertilizer so you don’t have to worry about it as often. Bloomscape’s supply shop has different fertilizers to choose from.

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