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Fuchsia austromontana

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.8m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 3m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourRed, white, pink
  • Leaf ColourMid to dark green

Description

Fuchsia austromontana. This is a large arching shrub, the petalled tubular flowers are long coloured red, pink or white and long-lasting from midsummer into the autumn. This species will grow best with shelter, partial shade and a rich, moist soil.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Peru, Chile

Interest and use

Ornamental, rock garden, hanging baskets, container, greenhouse

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilRich, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy to frost tender, min 5C, Most of the species will need a sheltered partially shaded position, with fertile moist but well drained soil. Prolonged low temperatures cause loss of top growth. If top growth dies in winter, cut back to ground level in spring. When grown as pot plants in a green house, fuchsias also need high-nitrogen feeds.

Propagation

Sow seeds in spring. Propagate by softwood cuttings in any season.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to whitefly, red spider mites and aphids.

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