Cool sheltered spots in dappled shade or in south or east facing areas only receiving early morning sun.
Good air circulation is important.
Rich, moist, slightly acid and well-drained soil.
Prepare planting hole with plenty of compost, some well-rotted kraal manure and small handful of superphosphate or bonemeal.
In pots and baskets use good potting soil with added superphosphate.
Soak plant thoroughly in its container before planting.
Water thoroughly- forming a basin around the plant helps contain the water.
Mulch with organic matter â€“ dried leaves, nut shells, bark or chips or pine needles, keeping away from the stem.
Watering & feeding:
Never let the soil dry out completely. Water everyday in summer if necessary, keeping it damp, not soggy.
Fuchsias need plent of essencial nutrients- nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and respond to quickly to feeding.
Apply 3:1:5 every 6 weeks in the growing season and foliar feed with Nitrosol or similar liquid plantfood every fortnight.
Adressing of well-rotted kraal manure every 3 months is exellent.
Pest & diseases:
Red spider mite can be a problem where conditions are too hot & dry. A fine web can be seen under the leaves and the top surface becomes silvery-grey and finely speckled.
Keep leaves cool & damp by spraying both surfaces with water in hot weather. Use products as listed if problem arises.
Poor air circulation can encourage white fly- spray accordingly.
Cold, humid weather can result in rust occurring- use a suitable fungicide.
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