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Fuchsia Care

The fuchsia plant is a South American flower that is non-toxic and requires minimal direct sunlight. The fuchsia’s flowers cascade downward, making them perfect to hang on the porch or near a window indoors. If you keep your fuchsia outdoors during the summer, it may even attract a hummingbird or two!

How to care for your Fuchsia

Use these instructions to care for a Fuchsia. This guide will tell you how to water a Fuchsia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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LIGHT

Outdoors, the fuchsia plant thrives in a bright but shaded area. It can tolerate a few hours of morning sun, but avoid exposure to direct sun in the afternoon. As an indoor plant, keep your fuchsia in bright indirect sunlight.

WATER

Water your fuchsia when the soil volume is 25% dry. Water thoroughly and discard any excess water that accumulates in the saucer. Water more sparingly in the winter.

HUMIDITY

Fuchsias enjoy high humidity. Place a humidifier nearby or use a pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

The fuchsia plant enjoys temperatures between 55-80°F.

FOOD

Fertilize your fuchsia plant once per month beginning in the early spring through the summer and early fall. Once the plant begins to bud, you can switch over to “bloom” formula fertilizers. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter seasons when growth slows.

TOXICITY

Fuchsias are non toxic to humans and pets

ADDITIONAL CARE

The fuchsia plant is susceptible to pests, such as aphids or spider mites. Check your plant regularly for any signs of pests. Infestations may be treated with Insecticidal Soap or Neem Oil to help keep pests at bay, following the directions on the label.

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What's a Fuchsia?

Botanical Classification: Fuchsia ssp.

About

Native to Central and South America, the fuchsia plant grows abundantly in the Andes where the air is cool but moist. The fuchsia plant comes in many different varieties and colors. Many varieties have beautiful multi-colored blossoms that hang or droop from the plant. There are two parts to the fuchsia’s blooms that are almost always two different colors. This gives them a unique and graceful look.

Fuchsias are very easy to care for and require minimal maintenance. However, if you live in a very hot climate you might need to pay more attention to them. During hot summer days, the fuchsia plant loves regular watering and a spot in the shade. As an indoor plant, it will be happiest in an area with bright, indirect light and out of the way of air vents and drafty windows.

Fun Fact

Depending on the fuchsia’s exposure to the sun, its leaves can change color. The foliage can appear more golden in the sunshine, and more green in the shade. Too much sun can damage the leaves, so limit its exposure to a few hours of direct sunlight in the morning only.

Pictured Left: Fuchsia