How do you care for a fuschia plant?


Quick Answer

Care for a fuchsia plant by placing it in a good location, mulching the soil, watering it regularly, fertilizing the plant often and selectively pruning it. You need mulch, fertilizer and pruning scissors.

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  1. Place the plant in a good location

    Place the plant in a location that is in the shade or only receives direct sunlight part of the day.

  2. Mulch the soil

    Add a thick layer of mulch to the soil around in the plant in order to keep the dirt moist. The fuchsia plant requires moist soil for optimal growth.

  3. Water the plant

    Water the plant regularly once the soil starts to feel dry.

  4. Fertilize the plant

    Dilute soluble fertilizer with water, and feed the plant every two weeks. Every four weeks, use a high-phosphorus fertilizer. Stop fertilizing the plant after the growing season.

  5. Prune the plant

    Use the pruning scissors to deadhead spent and fading flowers. Cut back long and straggling stems to the length of the rest of the limbs.

  6. Winterize the plant

    Before the first frost in the fall, prune the plant, and remove the leaves. Move the plant indoors, and water the plant with 1 cup of water. Keep it in a location with a temperature between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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