A hanging-basket star, hummingbird magnet, and shade-tolerant bloomer? Yes, please! Fuchsias are loaded with stunning, two-toned flowers and showy foliage. This beauty isn’t high-maintenance, but you do need to know its growing requirements. Learn how to grow and care for fuchsia plants—and keep those blooms coming!
Often featuring bicolor flowers, fuchsias come in various colors, but most often in gorgeous bright reds, pinks, and salmons, with white or purple centers. The flower’s outer portion comprises colored sepals, which protect the inner petals and reproductive bits.
Fuchsias are a favorite for hummingbirds, who are attracted to the colors and long, bell-shaped flowers which hang and droop beautifully from hanging baskets, containers, and planters. The blossoms are also beloved by other pollinators including bees, butterflies, and moths. Fuchsia plants can be bushy or vining and trailing.
Many fuchsias will slow or stop blooming when temperatures rise above 80 degrees, but some heat-loving varieties are available.
Are Fuchsias Perennials or Annuals?
While fuchsias are grown as perennial garden shrubs in mild climates worldwide, they are treated as a cool-season plant used as an annual, primarily as potted flowering plants and in hanging baskets in the United States and Canada.
That said, fuchsia can survive over winter by storing it in the winter at 40° F. While in storage, water once a month and then in February cut back to the woody sections to promote new growth in spring.