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Fuchsia in pot: advice on care and cultivation of the plant. All information on the species and its flowers. How to prune the plant, how to fertilize it and how to cure it.
Fuchsia: ornamental plant
Therefuchsiait's aplanthighly valued ornamental. On the market there are many species and innumerable hybrids that are proposed with flowers with very particular shapes and colors. The flowering period can also vary.
All the plants are very charming and presenthanging flowersbrightly colored. Fuchsia species belong to the Onagraceae family and lend themselves well tocultivation in pots.
The most cultivated species in our country are theFuchsia magellanicaand theFuchsia fulgens. As stated, these plants can differ not only in the shape and colors of the flowers but also in theperiodof flowering.
Fuchsia magellanica, for example, blooms from July to October. Fuchsia fulgens begins to fill with flowers around September. From these two and many other species, hybrids have been selected that perfectly adapt to our climate.
Therefuchsiait is a plant native to the tropical belt of Latin America, so it gives its best when there is a clear difference in temperature between day and night. In South America, the nights are very cool and humid while the daytime hours are warmer as well as humid.
To overcome this problem, in our country, the fucisa plantyou cancultivatein shady areas (shade or partial shade).
How to grow fuchsia in pots
As stated, these plants are perfectly suited tocultivation in pots. Therefuchsia in potit is easy to manage and care for. The basic rules forcure potted fuchsiaare simple to understand:
- The vase should be placed in partial shade or in the shade. The plant does not want direct sun and does not like bright light.
- In winter, it must be moved indoors or in a location sheltered from the cold and icy wind.
- The plant does not want abundant watering. Give water to thefuchsia in potonly when the soil is completely dry. When watering, be careful not to overdo it because the soil should never be soaked with water.
- Excess water from the saucer should be removed to avoid radical rot.
The other treatments to be dedicated to the plant will be analyzed in the next paragraph. Ingrowing fuchsia in potsyou will have to pay attention to the size of the vase: both for aesthetic and technical reasons, we recommend that you choose shallow but large bowls.
The terracotta bowls allow excellent transpiration, keep the soil cool in summer and are very beautiful to look at.
On the balcony or terrace, you cangrow fuchsia in potshanging baskets, hanging baskets or other containers that allow you to maximize the beauty of the stems and hanging flowers: in this way you will create a cascade of colored stems.
Thejarit must be filled with very draining soil: this plant hates water stagnation. You can use universal soil as long as it is of good quality, fertile and well-draining. To increase drainage, you can add a handful of sand to the soil or add broken pebbles or a thin layer of expanded clay to the bottom of the pot.
Fucisa: care of the plant
How to take care of this plant? If you just bought the plant in an ornamental bowl, don't fertilize it. Typically, nurseries add slow release fertilizer to the pot soil. If you have to do arepotting, you can add slow release fertilizer yourself. At the time of repotting (which is done in early spring) it is good to add a handful of organic fertilizer to the soil (pelleted manure, manure ...). A fertilization at the time of repotting is enough to guarantee the plant all the micronutrients necessary for the growing season.
If you haven't done the repotting, you can add liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, but without exaggerating and every 30 - 40 days.
Betweencarethere is also thepruning. Therepruning of the fuchsia plantserves to maintain the shape of the shrub crown.
Therefuchsiait's aplantsemi-woody shrub, in nature it sees a bushy trend but when cultivated in pots, with the rightpruning, it can be grown as a sapling or as a well-ordered hanging shrub.
How to prune sapling fuchsia? A stake is required that supports the main stem of the plant. As the plant grows it will be necessaryprunethe shoots at the base of the stem and keep those on top.
If you want insteadprune fuchsiato get a neat little shrub, you will need to remove only the dry and broken branches. The plant, in this case, will produce stems drooping downwards, this hypothesis is perfect if thefuchsia in potstands on the balcony sill or in a hanging pot.
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