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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
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.
    2. 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.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    4. 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
    1. Fertilize

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

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

    Cut back each stem of last year's growth to one or two buds.
    4. 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.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    6. 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.
    7. Propagate

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

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

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

    When plant begins to leaf out, pinch off growing tips to encourage new, bushy growth.
    4. 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.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    6. 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.
    7. Propagate

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

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

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

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

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

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. 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.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    8. 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.
    9. Transplant

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    7. 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.
    8. Transplant

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

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

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

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

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

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    7. 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.
    8. Transplant

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

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

    Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.
    3. 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.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    6. 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
    1. Fertilize

    Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.
    2. 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.
    3. Mulch

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    5. 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
    1. Fertilize

    Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.
    2. 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.
    3. Mulch

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    5. 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
    1. Fertilize

    Feed fuchsia with a 20-20-20 or a 10-10-10 fertilizer at half-strength.
    2. 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.
    3. Mulch

    Mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    5. 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
    1. Water

    Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water once or twice a week if there is no rainfall.
    2. 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.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

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

    Keep fuchsia soil continually moist but not soggy. Water about once a week if there is no rainfall.
    2. 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.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for signs of fuchsia gall mite, which causes distorted leaves covered in fine red hair.
    4. 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.
  • 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!

    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?

    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.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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?

    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.

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