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can be divided into two classifications, trailing (TR),
or basket (8) and upright (U). The letter describing
the type usually follows the name on the label.
require a filtered sun location or a bright area with
no direct hot sun. They need plenty of light to bloom
their best. Protect your fuchsias from strong or
- Water your
fuchsia frequently without drowning it. Test the soil
before watering by touching the top one inch of the
soil. If it is barely moist to the touch, it is time
to water. Never allow your fuchsia to dry out. The
best recommended time to water is in the morning. Do
not water your plant if the temperature is over 80
degrees F. Mist frequently with a hand sprayer during
hot weather and on dry or windy days.
- Fuchsias are
heavy feeders and respond best to consistent, frequent
feedings. Fertilize every week with a good flower food
at 1/2 the recommended strength. Use a Syphonex for
easy application. Substitute one flower food feeding
every two months with a good soil activator. Make sure
the soil is moist before fertilizing.
Fuchsias are highly susceptible to white fly,
spider mite and caterpillar infestation. To prevent
insect damage, spray once a month with Cooke Garden
Insect Spray (2 tbsp. per gal. of water).
bloom only on new wood, therefore, pruning is
essential to promote new growth throughout the spring
and early summer. Pinch out the top of each branch
after two or three sets of leaves have formed. Remove
all dead blossoms before they go to seed, to encourage
more blooms. Prune heavy in the fall according to the
Remove all dead, spindly growth.
Cut each main stem back to leave only one joint or
node of the recent year's growth. Trailing varieties
should be pruned to just above the edge of the
Clean all debris from the top of the container.
YOU WILL NEED:
a good flower food
a good soil activator
Cooke Garden Insect Spray
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