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Important Tips For Success With Fuchsia Trees

How to look after a Fuchsia Tree is a question we often hear, and there are lots of people who believe it can be difficult and complicated. In reality, it couldn’t be easier, especially if you’ve purchased ready-grown trees; rather than starting out with babies that need painstaking growth and development over time, getting a ready-grown specimen saves all the hard work!

We’ve put together this handy, easy-to-follow guide to help you grow and care for your Fuchsia trees and get the most out of them. Once fully grown, they are a sight to behold and can become the real star of the show on a summer terrace or patio. They look great in planters, too, at the entrance to your home in the summer months, greeting guests with their pretty flowers.

Also known as Standards, Fuchsia Trees develop a clear trunk topped off with a dense head of foliage and flowers; grown from scratch it can be a two year process, but with ready grown plants you’re well over half way there and can simply enjoy masses of blooms with minimal further training to shape – it’s more a case of choosing which wonderful variety you’d like to have in your garden, as a full range of colours are available from Reds and Whites, Pinks, and the most popular being the class Fuchsia colour of Red & Purple.

Gardening Express founder, Chris Bonnett, has shared his top tips for successfully growing Fuchsia Trees:

When you receive your Fuchsia tree:

  • Remove all outer packaging from your tree as soon as possible so it may receive light and water. If the compost appears dry water the plants immediately.
  • To avoid letting your Fuchsia Tree to dry out, we recommend checking everyday and watering on a regular basis as the compost appears to dry out.
  • Ideally, plant your Fuchsia Tree in a bright spot in your garden that receives between four and eight hours of sunlight each day. Choose a planting location that also offers fertile and well-drained soil.

Please note that the Plastic nursery pots are for transportation only, and the Fuchsia Trees will not prosper in these long term. They should be transplanted in to large patio planters or the garden as soon  as possible. Do not worry if it is early in the season and you think the plants look small as they will quickly put on a lot of new growth and flowers, and the head will get much larger.

Pair of Fuchsia Tree Standards ‘Paula Jane’ 

Planting in containers:

If you plant into planters, it is essential to provide drainage in the containers. Ensure there are drainage holes in the base of the planter, then add a layer of gravel, stones or old broken plant pots before transferring the plant from its nursery pot and topping up with new good quality compost around the root-ball. We recommend Compost King Shrub, Tree and Rose for these plants. For best results, plant your Fuchsia trees at the same level that it was growing in its nursery container. It is a good idea to select a planter that is larger than you might have imagined, to avoid plants becoming top heavy as the large heads grow – you don’t want them to topple over in the wind.

Care after planting:

  • Water your Fuchsia Tree after planting to thoroughly moisten the surrounding soil. Water the tree regularly during the growing season to encourage it to form a strong, healthy root system. Be careful never to allow plants to dry out in hot weather when growing in containers.
  • It is important to feed your Fuchsia trees with a good quality water-soluble fertiliser in the growing season to promote healthy growth and a good colour. Always be sure to follow the application instructions on your fertiliser package.
Pair of Fuchsia Tree Standards ‘Purple-Red Angela’

Other care tips and how we supply your Fuchsias:

  • We supply the Fuchsia Trees ready grown to a decent height, you may remove the lower branches if you require a taller clear stem. This is the one piece of plant maintenance required, as they will grow out and branch from below the head, so if you want to maintain a clear stem, this may need doing every few weeks. Early in the season, we leave these branches in place to feed the development of the head, and usually remove them from the first week of May/after the last Spring frosts.
  • Remember these plants are frosts sensitive and until frosts finish, you should stand your plants outside in the daytime, and then bring back inside over chilly nights.
  • We recommend that you tie your plants in to a sturdy stake or bamboo cane to support the weight of the head as they grow, and prevent the trunk snapping under the weight of blooms in summer – these plants will grow rapidly in warm weather with good compost, plenty of feed and water and really impress – enjoy!

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Updated on May 2, 2024

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