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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

The showy unscented blooms of this tropical plant are favored by hummingbirds. Plant grows best in dappled sunlight or bright shade.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • February
    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a slow-release fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

    • Prune

        Cut back each stem of last year's growth to one or two buds.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

    • Propagate

        Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

  • March
    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

    • Prune

        When plant begins to leaf out, pinch off growing tips to encourage new, bushy growth.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

    • Propagate

        Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

  • April
    • Buy

        Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose the flower colors and patterns.

    • Plant

        Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water twice a week depending on weather and if there is no rainfall.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

    • Transplant

        Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

    • Propagate

        Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

  • May
    • Buy

        Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

    • Plant

        Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water twice a week, depending on weather.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

    • Transplant

        Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

  • June
    • Buy

        Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

    • Plant

        Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water two or three times a week, depending on the weather.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

    • Transplant

        Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

  • July
    • Buy

        Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • August
    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • September
    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • October
    • Fertilize

        Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • November
    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water once or twice a week if there is no rainfall.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        

  • December
    • Water

        Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

    • Protect

        Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose the flower colors and patterns.

            • May

              Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

            • June

              Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

            • July

              Purchase fuchsia when in bloom so you can choose from the many flower colors and patterns.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

            • May

              Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

            • June

              Plant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Feed fuchsia with a slow-release fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

              • March

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • April

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • May

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • June

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • July

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • August

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • September

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

              • October

                Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

              • February

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

              • March

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

              • April

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water twice a week depending on weather and if there is no rainfall.

              • May

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water twice a week, depending on weather.

              • June

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water two or three times a week, depending on the weather.

              • July

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

              • August

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

              • September

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

              • October

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Plant may require daily water when conditions are hot. Fuchsias also appreciate misting to keep the foliage and flowers from drying out.

              • November

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water once or twice a week if there is no rainfall.

              • December

                Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Cut back each stem of last year's growth to one or two buds.

              • March

                When plant begins to leaf out, pinch off growing tips to encourage new, bushy growth.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • May

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • June

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • July

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • August

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • September

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • October

                Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

              • February

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

              • March

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

              • April

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms.

              • November

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms.

              • December

                Protect fuchsia from the drying Santa Ana winds. Take down hanging baskets during windstorms and move all potted plants indoors. Mist in-ground plants during windstorms. When frost is predicted, move containerized fuchsias indoors and cover in-ground plants.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • February

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • March

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • April

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • May

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • June

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • July

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • August

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • September

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • October

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • November

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

              • December

                Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.

            • Treat for Pest/Disease

              How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • February

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • March

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • April

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • May

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • June

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • July

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • August

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • September

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • October

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

              • November

              • December

                Remove and dispose of all gall-infected foliage. Treat with ultra-fine or light horticultural oil according to package directions. Misting regularly helps prevent re-infestation.

            • Transplant

              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

              • May

                Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

              • June

                Transplant fuchsia now when weather is mild, as they react poorly to transplanting in cold or hot weather.

            • Propagate

              When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

              • March

                Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

              • April

                Insert 2- to 3-inch pieces of stem into damp sand and keep moist under a humidity dome until rooted.

            • Harvest

              When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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              •  May
              •  Jun
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              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Special requirements

                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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