How to grow and care for Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrida) Indoors

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Fuchsia Care

Botanical name: Fuchsia hybrida
Family: Onagraceae

Fuchsia Plant Description

Fuchsia is considered as one of the most satisfactory of all flowering houseplants. The blooms are showy sepals and petals which may or may not be the same color.

The flowers in Fuchsia may be single, semi-double, double bells or clustered blooms on soft-stemmed bushes.

Fuchsias may be grown as a bush or in a hanging basket for the trailing types. Regular training and pruning are necessary to keep this plant free-flowering and shapely.

Fuchsias do not like sudden changes in growing conditions therefore maintain the right growing conditions as much as possible.

Avoid moving Fuchsia plant during flowering and bud formation as it can result in the dropping of buds and flowers.

Fuchsia Plant Origin

Majority of Fuchsias are native to South America, Central America and Newzealand.

Fuchsias are named after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs. Most of the Fuchsias under cultivation now are hybrids. Fuchsia hybrida is a hybrid between Fuchsia magellanica and Fuchsia fulgens.

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Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrida) Care Indoors

Fuchsia Plant Light Requirements

Fuchsia grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight. Fuchsia will not bloom if the light is not adequate. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Fuchsia Plant

Keep the soil moist at all times for Fuchsia during the growing season. Reduce watering during the cold period as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Avoid soggy soil for your Fuchsia as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

Ensure that the pot for your Fuchsia has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Fuchsia Plant

Cool to average warmth between 10-230C is ideal for Fuchsia. Protect your Fuchsia from cold and hot draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Fuchsia Plant

Average room humidity is ideal for Fuchsia. If the air is too dry, set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Fuchsia. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Fuchsia Plant

Feed Fuchsia with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season.

Withhold feeding for your Fuchsia during the cold season as growth is minimal and it can lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Fuchsia Plant

Repot Fuchsia during the growing season only when the plant is extremely pot-bound as it blooms more when pot-bound.

Do not repot a Fuchsia that is in flower as the repotting shock can shorten the flowering period.

Use a pot 1 size larger and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to Root-rot Disease and the eventual death of your Fuchsia.

The best soil for Fuchsia should be rich in organic matter and free-draining.

The large Fuchsia plants can be top-dressed annually by replacing the top 3-4 in of soil with fresh soil.

How to Prune Fuchsia Plant

Pruning Fuchsia is easy. Remove dead flowers and leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Pinch off the growing tips to encourage compact growth for your Fuchsia.

After flowering, cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth and prevent your Fuchsia from becoming leggy.

Place the plant in a cool place and reduce watering until new growth emerges. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrida) Propagation

Fuchsia Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem-tip cuttings.

How to propagate Fuchsia Plant from stem-tip cuttings in soil

Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Fuchsia Plant. Strip off the lower leaves from the cutting.

Dip the cut end of the Fuchsia cuttings in a rooting hormone and insert them in moist rooting soil.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the rooted Fuchsia cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller Fuchsia, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to promote flowering in Fuchsia Plant

Fuchsia Plant requires a resting period during the cold season, about 6-8 weeks.

Place your Fuchsia in a cool place, about 100C.

Reduce watering to maintain the soil barely moist and withhold feeding during this cold period (6-8 weeks).

After this cold treatment, put back your Fuchsia in a brightly lit place and continue with normal routine care.

The cold treatment will promote flowering in your Fuchsia as this treatment mimicks its native growing conditions.

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Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrida) Problems Indoors

Fuchsia Plant dropping the flower buds

There are four possible causes of flower bud drop in Fuchsia.

One possible cause of flower bud drop in your Fuchsia is incorrect watering; either underwatering or overwatering.

Maintain the soil for your Fuchsia consistently moist but never soggy. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy and never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The second possible cause of flower bud drop in your Fuchsia is low light. Move your Fuchsia to a brighter spot as it prefers bright light away from direct sunlight.

The third possible cause of flower bud drop in your Fuchsia is too much heat. Protect your Fuchsia from hot draughts and keep it away from direct sunshine to maintain a cool to average room temperature.

The fourth possible cause of flower bud drop in your Fuchsia is moving or turning the pot while your plant is in bud. Avoid moving your Fuchsia while in the bud formation stage to prevent bud drop.

Fuchsia Plant progressive loss of lower leaves

There are two possible causes of progressive loss of the lower leaves in Fuchsia Plant.

One possible cause of progressive loss of the lower leaves in your Fuchsia is underwatering. Your Fuchsia prefers consistently moist soil at all times. Never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The second possible cause of progressive loss of the lower leaves in your Fuchsia is low light. Move your Fuchsia to a brighter spot as it prefers bright light away from direct sunshine.

Fuchsia Plant sudden leaf drop

Sudden leaf drop in Fuchsia Plant is due to hot dry air which leads to very low air humidity.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Fuchsia. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fuchsia Plant poor flowering or no flowering

There are four possible causes of poor flowering or no flowering in Fuchsia Plant.

One possible cause of poor flowering or no flowering in your Fuchsia is underfeeding. Feed your Fuchsia every 2 weeks during the growing season with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.

The second possible cause of poor flowering or no flowering in your Fuchsia is underwatering. Maintain the soil for your Fuchsia consistently moist and never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The third possible cause of poor flowering or no flowering in your Fuchsia is too little light. Move your Fuchsia to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light but away from direct sunshine.

The fourth possible cause of poor flowering or no flowering in your Fuchsia is too high temperatures during the dormancy period.

Fuchsia requires a resting period during the cold season (6-8 weeks) to promote flowering. Keep your Fuchsia in a cool place and reduce watering during this period.

Fuchsia Plant brown leaf spots with yellow margins

Brown leaf spots with yellow margins in Fuchsia Plant are an indication of leaf spot disease which is brought about by overwatering during the cold season.

Reduce watering for your Fuchsia during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Also, ensure the pot for your Fuchsia has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Fuchsia Plant Pests

The common plant pests in Fuchsia Plant are Spider Mites and Whiteflies.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrida) toxic?

Fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrida) plants are non-toxic to humans and pets. The fruits and flowers can be eaten with no ill-effects.

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