Fuchsia boliviana (Bolivian Fuchsia)

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Scientific Name

Fuchsia boliviana Carrière

Common Names

Bolivian Fuchsia

Synonyms

Fuchsia cuspidata, Fuchsia lenneana

Scientific Classification

Family: Onagraceae
Subfamily: Onagroideae
Tribe: Circaeeae
Genus: Fuchsia

Flower

Color: Red
Bloom Time: Late summer and fall

Description

Fuchsia boliviana is a medium evergreen shrub up to 13.1 feet (4 m) tall, with large, hairy mid-green leaves and red petioles. It has large drooping corymbs up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, borne in late summer and fall of scarlet red flowers with the individual flowers up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long. After flowering it bears small red-purple, edible fruit up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Fuchsia make excellent houseplants, in part because they are well adapted to growing in shadier conditions. In general, the more heat and light a Fuchsia is subjected to, the more careful you’ll have to be about watering. In some cases, you might be watering every day. To prevent fungal problems and pests, be careful not to let your Fuchsia leaves touch the dirt. Even then, whiteflies can be a problem for Fuchsia and should be treated at the first sign of an infestation (look for white webs on the undersides of leaves). When treating for whitefly, make sure to spray the undersides of leaves thoroughly to disrupt their life cycle. To overwinter your Fuchsia, let the leaves drop off in spring, reduce watering, and move it to a cool and dark room. New growth should appear in the spring.

Repot your Fuchsia in the spring annually. These plants require a rich supply of organic material to flower and perform their best, so even if you’re not stepping the plant up to a larger pot, you should repot it into a fresh pot with new soil. Add some controlled-release fertilizer pellets at repotting time to increase vigor… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Fuchsia.

Origin

Native to southern Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina.

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