Throughout the summer and until the first frosts, fuchsias will grace your garden with masses of exotic, two-tone pendent flowers. Perfect backdrop to hardy perennial plants, these garden favourites will look fantastic planted in the garden border or cascading down from hanging baskets and containers.
Plant fuchsias outdoors in moist, well-drained fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. Feed with high potash feed every couple of weeks: if you garden organically, liquid seaweed is ideal as it is organic and comes from a sustainable source. Dead-head regularly to encourage more flowers. Provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold drying winds.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool, dry, dark place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
- Aphids, capsid bugs, fuchsia gall mites, vine weevils and white flies: these sap-feeding pests can cause a number of issues ranging from the appearance of deformed leaves and flowers to the death of the plant.
- Botrytis: appearance of brown spots that will gradually transform into a grey mouldy fungus. Lift and destroy all parts of the bulb as soon as soon as you spot any signs of disease.
- Rust: appearance of bronze pustules on the underside of the leaves. Remove any affected leaves and feed the plant to help it regain vigour.