By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
How much sun does a fuchsia need? As a general rule, fuchsias don’t appreciate a lot of bright, hot sunlight and do best with morning sunlight and afternoon shade. However, actual fuchsia sun requirements depend on a couple of factors. Read on to learn more.
Below you will find information about fuchsia sun needs based on the most common factors influencing the growth of these plants.
Fuchsias can tolerate more sun if their feet aren’t hot. If you don’t have a shady location, shading the pot is often the solution. This can be accomplished by surrounding the pot with petunias, geraniums or other sun-loving plants. The type of pot is also a factor. For example, plastic is much hotter than terracotta.
When it comes to fuchsia growing conditions, it’s critical that the roots don’t become bone dry, which often occurs when fuchsias are exposed to sunlight. A mature plant in a pot may need water every day and possibly twice a day in hot, dry weather. If you aren’t sure, water whenever the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. Don’t allow the soil to remain continually soggy.
Now that you know more about how much sun a fuchsia can take, you’ll be better equipped to successfully growing this plant.
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The fuchsia flower comes from Central and South America, and it is quite beautiful with its two-tone colors. They are very delicate, and they add beauty to any garden. They also do really well in hanging baskets on your patio.
There are over 100 different fuchsia plants that vary in terms of appearance and color, so you have many options when you want to add these bright flowers to your patio or garden. They make a great focal point or add vivid color to their surroundings, and they bloom from spring until early fall.
They can grow abundantly throughout the summer, as long as they get proper watering and care. You need to make sure that they do not become infested with insects, and they need sunlight in partial shade.
In the summer, make sure that you find a cooler spot for them where they have plenty of shade.
A great addition to large or small gardens, fuchsias can trail and climb, as well as grow in beds, borders or baskets. Here are the main types:
Some of the more common pests affecting Mandevilla are the following.
Ants bring aphids to plants that are weak or diseased. If you find aphids and ants crawling on your Mandevilla, blast them away with a strong jet of water from the hose. Alternatively, the gardener may apply an organic pesticide that kills the bugs.
For further protection of the plant, the gardener can spray it down with a light solution of Neem oil. Most pests find neem oil either toxic or repulsive, keeping your plants free from pests and disease.
Gardeners may also notice the presence of mealybugs collecting under the leaves of the Mandevilla. Mealybugs typically attack plants that aren’t getting enough water. Low humidity levels or a lack of watering in the summer may cause them to appear on your plants.
If the gardener notices the appearance of webbing on the plant, it’s a classic sign of spider mite infestation. Spider mites appear when climate conditions get too hot for the Mandevilla to handle. These pests are incredibly persistent, and gardeners will need to use an organic pesticide or neem oil solution to get rid of the bugs on their plants.
Gardeners should inspect their plants two to three times a week for signs of pests, and ensure that they check the plant thoroughly before the start of the winter season.
There are over one hundred different varieties of Fuchsia, with cultivated types running into the thousands (Better Homes and Gardens). Different varieties can be more or less tolerant of some conditions, so it should be possible to seek out a variety that is perfectly suited to your climate. Some of the most popular varieties include: Hardy Fuchsia, Swingtime Fuchsia, Aurea Fuchsia, Tree Fuchsia, Paniculata Fuchsia
Phlox are perennials and a favorite choice—from ground cover blooming in early spring to the tall phlox blooming in mid- to late summer. Learn more about how to grow and care for your phlox.
These plants sport many star-shaped, colorful flowers when in bloom. Because there are so many varieties and types (many of which are native to North America), you can find a phlox for almost any garden. Truly, their versatility can’t be overstated.
Plus, they’re low maintenance and have a lovely fragrance.
In general, phlox need a planting site with rich, evenly-moist, well-draining soil, but lighting requirements vary by species. (See Recommended Varieties, below, for more information.)
You just can’t go wrong with phlox! Here are some of the best species and varieties to try:
Creeping phlox (P. subulata) has needle-shaped leaves and produces a carpet of flowers.
The phlox listed above are just a few of the many species out there. Others of interest to gardeners may be Carolina phlox (P. carolina), Meadow or Spotted phlox (P. maculata), and Sand phlox (P. bifida).