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Fuchsia plug plants, any post to do with fuchsias, new varieties, offers, and tips on how to plant them.

New Fuchsias for 2016!

We have several Fuchsias that are new to Babyplants for Spring 2016.

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Jack Shahan is a trailing fuchsia with pink sepals and a pink single corolla. Jack Shahan has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

 

 

fuchsia-red-sunriseRed Sunrise is a trailing fuchsia with red sepals and a purple single corolla on a backdrop of yellow/green leaves with red veins. Great for adding interest to mixed hanging baskets or containers.

 

 

fuchsia-alwinAlwin is a trailing fuchsia with stunning pink sepals and a double corolla which is white with pink veins. Great for planting in mixed baskets or plant 5 in a 12”/30cm hanging basket to create an amazing display.

 

 

fuchsia-dark-eyesDark Eyes is a trailing fuchsia with pink sepals and a purple double corolla. Dark Eyes has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

 

 

fuchsia-maximaMaxima is a trailing fuchsia with red sepals and a deep purple double corolla. Plant 5 in a 12”/30cm hanging basket for a stunning display.

 

 

 

fuchsia-ringwood-marketRingwood Market is a trailing fuchsia with cerise sepals and a lilac double corolla. Great in mixed hanging baskets.

 

 

 

fuchsia-moody-bluesMoody Blues is an upright fuchsia with white sepals and a blue/lilac corolla. Perfect as a centrepiece for mixed hanging baskets.

 

 

 

Browse the full range of Fuchsias here. Available to pre order now for Spring delivery.

Focus on Fuchsias – Happy Wedding Day

wedding-ring-thumbnailSummer is fast approaching, and that means one thing – wedding season!  If you know somebody who is getting married this summer, why not give them a special and thoughtful gift?

 

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Happy Wedding Day

 

Happy Wedding Day is a beautiful trailing Fuchsia which produces large flowers with pale pink sepals and a white double corolla.  Plant 5 plug plants in a 30cm or 12″ hanging basket for an amazing display that will last all summer, and will be the perfect present for the happy couple.  Hang the basket above head height to appreciate the stunning flowers from underneath.

For more information on how to grow plug plants, have a read through our guide.

Fuchsias grow well in sun or partial shade.  Water them regularly to prevent them from drying out, and feed them once a week when they are in flower with a good quality multi-purpose feed.  Remove faded flowers before they go to seed to encourage new flower growth.  For further information on Fuchsias, have a look at our guide.

Fuchias – New for 2014!

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We have a large range of Fuchsia plug plants, with 2 beautiful new varieties for 2014!

Twist and Shout is a trailing Fuchsia with single flowers.  It has a lilac corolla with pale pink backwards curling sepals.  These unique flowers will add interest to any garden!  

Julie Horton is a trailing Fuchsia with stunning double flowers.  It has long buds with rose-like pale pink flowers.  Both of these Fuchsias are ideal for hanging baskets and will make make a fantastic display!

From left to right: Twist and Shout, Julie Horton

From left to right: Twist and Shout, Julie Horton

For more information on growing Fuchsias, have a read of our guide.

What do you think of our new additions?  We would love to hear your comments!

All about Fuchsias

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Here at babyplants we love Fuchsias!  We sell a wide range of Fuchsia plug plants including trailing Fuchsias, giant Fuchsias, upright Fuchsias and hardy Fuchsias.  Whilst Fuchsias are commonly associated with pink flowers, in actual fact Fuchsia flowers range from white and pastel colours, to pink, orange, red and deep purple.  Whether you are planting hanging baskets, patio containers or garden borders, there is a perfect Fuchsia for you.  With so much variety to choose from it’s not surprising that so many gardeners are Fuchsia fans!

Trailing Fuchsias are ideal for hanging baskets.  Plant them in baskets of  single varieties, or incorporate them into mixed hanging baskets.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket we would recommend using 5 trailing Fuchsia plugs or 3 giant Fuchsia plugs.  For more advice read our step by step guide to planting hanging baskets.  Some trailing Fuchsias have single flowers like Autumnale, whilst some have semi-double or double flowers such as Swingtime.  Or try Eruption for a mass of long and slender bright pink flowers.

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From left to right: Trailing Fuchsia Autumnale, Trailing Fuchsia Swingtime, Trailing Fuchsia Eruption

Giant Fuchsias have large fully double flowers that make a stunning show in hanging baskets.  Hang your basket above head height to fully appreciate these beautiful flowers.  Look out for the stunning White King, or the lovely Deep Purple.  Giant Fuchsias are vigorous trailers so if you are incorporating them into a mixed hanging basket, plant them with other vigorous trailers such as Surfinias®, Helichrysum, or Lobelia. 

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From left to right: Giant Fuchsia White King, Giant Fuchsia Peachy, Giant Fuchsia Deep Purple

Upright Fuchsias are perfect for patio containers.  They grow into strong bushy plants with masses of colourful blooms. Plant 3 Fuchsia plugs in a large patio container to give the appearance of one large plant, or use 1 plant in a mixed patio container.  Upright Fuchsias also make a lovely centrepiece in mixed hanging baskets.  For something a little bit different try Thalia, a lovely upright variety with tubular orange flowers and dark foliage.  Some upright varieties are hardy which makes them ideal for planting in garden beds and borders.  Delta’s Sarah has beautiful blue/purple flowers, whilst Hawkshead’s flowers are white.  Ideal for adding interest to your garden borders!

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From left to right: Upright Fuchsia Thalia, Upright Hardy Fuchsia Delta’s Sarah, Upright Hardy Fuchsia Hawkshead

 

If you would like more information on growing plug plants, have a read of our guide. As your Fuchsia plugs are growing they can be ‘pinched out’.  Leave your plug plant to grow until it has 4 pairs of leaves, then remove the top pair.  Following this technique will ensure a bushier plant.  We would recommend pinching out until March/April time.  If you continue to pinch out after this time you could delay the flowering period of your Fuchsias.

Once the frosts have passed your Fuchsia plugs will be ready to plant out into the garden.  Fuchsias prefer a position in full sun or part shade.  Fuchsias need feeding weekly whilst flowering.  We recommend using an all purpose feed such as Miracle Gro.  Your plants must not be allowed to dry out, but be cautious of overwatering!  It is always best to water early in the morning or late evenings instead of when the sun is at its strongest, to avoid scorching the leaves.  Remove faded blooms before they go to seed to encourage new flower growth.

Once the summer is over, if you want to try and keep your Fuchsias for the following year, the plant should be cut down to approx 6″ (15cm) high.  Hardy varieties planted in the garden should have a mulch (well rotted compost, grass cuttings, bark etc) put around the top of the soil for added protection.  Non-hardy varieties need to be potted up and kept in a frost free greenhouse for winter.  They will need a little water during winter, just to keep the soil slightly damp.  The following spring they should regrow from the base.  Even with the best care, only 70-80% may survive in the greenhouse.  For hardy types the survival rates depend on the varieties.

You can our full range of fuchsia plants here.

Fuchsia Hanging Basket Ideas

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There are several great options for creating a Fuchsia hanging basket using plug plants.

A mixture of varieties can be planted in one basket. An upright fuchsia in the centre with 3 or 4 trailing fuchsia varieties around the outside (we recommend a 14″ / 35cm basket).  The outside ones can be one variety or a mixture.  If planting mixed varieties try to choose ones that grow to a similar size so that the basket remains balanced looking (refer to the label of your plug plants).

Another mixed technique is to plant 3 Fuchsia plug plants, 2″ / 5cm apart, in the middle of a 12″ / 30cm basket. This will encourage them to grow into each other, creating a totally mixed effect!

—> Checkout our article on hanging basket inspirations.

My favourite way to plant a fuchsia basket, is to use one variety per basket (4 plants in a 12″ / 30cm basket and 5 in a 14″ / 35cm basket).  One plant should go in the centre, and the rest around the outside, in between the chains or basket hangers.  When choosing a variety, stick to the trailing or Giant trailing varieties for the best effect.  Varieties such as Voodoo, Annabelle, Swingtime, Eva Boerg etc, all grow upwards at first, then hang down, creating a fountain of colour.  Also consider small flowering varieties such as the very popular La Campanella.

All Fuchsia baskets are ideal in part sun / part shade as they don’t like to dry out.  If placing them in a full sun location the basket may need watering twice a day.  Its well worth adding water retaining crystals or gel to the multi-purpose compost, along with a controlled release plant food. Alternatively use a good quality hanging basket compost.  By doing these simple things you should have a basket full of colour all summer long!

Visit babyplants.co.uk/fuchsa-plug-plants to see our full range of Fuchsia plug plants that you can buy online. All Fuchsia basket plants are £0.99 per jumbo plug plant!

You can also visit babyplants.co.uk/plug-plants to see our full range of plug plants, including many different Fuchsias, Geraniums, and special varieties to help add a different look to your garden displays.

Happy Planting!