My latest project--'Hardy' fuchsias IN the garden.

mkjones(z8)September 17, 2004

So, Kath, I bought a bunch of "hardy" fuchsias that are to be a good bet for my heat, can handle my winter. Would they best be served in full sun, sun to partial shade, morning sun/afternoon shade, etc.? I know what my books and the vendors say, but REALLY, what's YOUR best advice for me?

=) Thanks, Kath--you're my Fuchsia Idol! lol

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fuchsiabonsailady(z8 UK)

Hi there Kathleen,
You must be learning very well, I've missed your questions of late :)
As you live in Texas I'm going to say morning sun/definitely afternoon shade. Dig in plenty of compost before planting, remember fuchsias are greedy feeders and plant a bit deeper than they are in the pots.
Tease the roots out a bit before planting.
Keep the soil damp for the first couple of weeks, this will help the roots to penetrate the garden soil.
As they are in the garden you can water in the evenings when its cooler as the excess water will drain away.
Do let us know how you get on - Kath:)

    Bookmark   September 17, 2004 at 5:40PM
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ponderosaq(Z7 VA)

Where did you buy your hardy fuschias? I grew up in England and in my area fuschias as bushes were as common as lilacs or forsythia. I'd love to have some again.


    Bookmark   September 22, 2004 at 5:42PM
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Hiya, Ponderosa--love that! The Cartwrights....=) I bought mine from, Earthworks Fuchsia. Very nice lady--lots to choose from. The starts are very small, so just be forewarned. I really like doing business w/Linda, but the plants don't look like the ones in my books' recommendations (large, 4-in'ers). Another place I've found them is at

Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 2:07PM
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desperationfalls(z5 MA)

I got mine from Dutch Gardens--they have only one variety-
but they worked and bloomed all summer with the usual red/blue

    Bookmark   October 10, 2004 at 2:10PM
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fuchsiabonsailady(z8 UK)

Sounds as if you're doing great ladies, persevere who knows how far you will go, glad you've had success - Kath:)

    Bookmark   October 10, 2004 at 3:09PM
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YESSSSSSSS! My "s. reitzii," "Peacheds and Cream," and "Celia Smedley" fuchsias are thriving AND have buds formed!!! The other 8 are doing fabulously as well, just no buds yet. I'm thrilled to get what's forming so far though!!

SO pleased with my further ventures into fuchsias.....=)

Kathleen in TX

    Bookmark   October 11, 2004 at 10:46PM
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ponderosaq(Z7 VA)

Thanks for your reply Kathleen. I come from England and am used to all the wonderful fuscia varieties available there.
I miss them. I'll check into getting some from the sources you mentioned. I deal with small starts, but thanks for the warning.

Love the Cartwrights too and now I live on Ponderosa Rd. Since it is a private road I am the Queen of it..hence the Q!

Thanks again,

    Bookmark   October 12, 2004 at 12:26PM
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mikeandbarb(z8 D/FW)


I've been thinking of getting some fuchsias. I live near Dallas are these hardy to my area without having to bring them inside for the winter?

Thanks, Barb

    Bookmark   December 4, 2004 at 5:52PM
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fuchsiabonsailady(z8 UK)

Hi Mike and Barb,
If you look at the lists of uprights on the site that you mentioned in the other thread, you will see before the name of a particular fuchsia H1, or H2 or H3. As you are zone 8 choose ones with H3 before the fuchsia name, they should be ok - Kath:)

    Bookmark   December 4, 2004 at 6:59PM
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