Fuchsia Sun Needs – Tips On Fuchsia Growing Conditions

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.

Fuchsia Sunlight Requirements

Below you will find information about fuchsia sun needs based on the most common factors influencing the growth of these plants.

  • Climate – Your fuchsia plants can tolerate more sunlight if you live in a climate with mild summers. On the flip side, fuchsias in a hot climate will likely do better in very light sunlight or even total shade.
  • Cultivar – Not all fuchsias are created equal, and some are more sun tolerant than others. Usually, red varieties with single blossoms can withstand more sun than light colors or pastels with double blooms. ‘Papoose’ is an example of a hardy cultivar that tolerates considerable sunlight. Other hardy varieties include ‘Genii,’ ‘Hawkshead,’ and ‘Pink Fizz.’

Strategies for Growing Fuchsia in Sun

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.

How to choose a fuchsia

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:

  • • Trailing fuchsias: perfect for hanging baskets and patio containers.
  • • Upright/bush fuchsias: these bushy rounded shrubs are ideal for growing in borders and patio containers. Some of the larger varieties such as Fuchsia magellanica and Fuchsia riccortonii even work well as hedging.
  • • Climbing fuchsias: with a very rapid growth habit and long, lax stems, these fuchsias can be trained onto obelisks or against walls and fences for a spectacular vertical display.
  • • Standard fuchsias: upright or bush fuchsias can be trained as standards, making them superb specimen plants for patio containers.

What Are the Common Pests Affecting Mandevilla plants?

Some of the more common pests affecting Mandevilla are the following.

  • Aphids
  • Scale
  • Mealybugs
  • Red spider mites
  • Whiteflies

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.

Fuchsia Plant Varieties

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.

  • Low-growing phlox work great as a ground cover.
  • Tall phlox are excellent as a colorful backdrop.
  • Medium-height varieties can fill in any gaps.

Plus, they’re low maintenance and have a lovely fragrance.


  • Use a garden fork or tiller to prepare your garden bed. Loosen the soil to about 12 to 15 inches deep, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
  • It is easier to grow phlox from cuttings/transplants than from seeds.
  • Plant phlox in the spring—after the threat of frost has passed—and space the plants 1 to 2 feet apart. If you are moving a plant from a pot, dig a hole about twice the size of the pot’s diameter and place the plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the soil’s surface. Fill in around the root ball and remember to water it thoroughly.

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.)

  • If you receive less than 1 inch of rain a week, remember to regularly water your plants throughout the summer.
  • Each spring, put a thin layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plants to help keep the soil moist and control weeds.
  • Remember to remove the dead/faded flowers so that your plants can rebloom.
  • If you have tall phlox, cut the stems back to about 1 to 2 inches above the soil after the first killing frost in the fall. (See local frost dates.) Divide tall garden phlox every 2 to 3 years to ensure healthy and disease-free plants.


  • Powdery mildewis common keep proper air circulation in mind when spacing out plants and avoid getting excess water on the foliage. Cutting back stems after flowering can also help to reduce the spread of powdery mildew, as can choosing mildew-resistant varieties.
  • Stem canker
  • Rust
  • Southern blight
  • Stem nematodes
  • Leaf spots
  • Leaf miners
  • Caterpillars

Recommended Varieties

You just can’t go wrong with phlox! Here are some of the best species and varieties to try:

Low-Growing Phlox

  • Creeping phlox or Moss phlox(Phlox subulata) is a low-growing species that works excellently as a ground cover. It spreads slowly, growing in mounds that get 4–6 inches thick. The whole plant turns into a carpet of color in spring, when flowers cover every square inch of foliage. This phlox is particularly stunning when allowed to drape over a rock wall—imagine a waterfall of color! Creeping phlox grows best in well-drained soil and partial to full sun.
    • ‘Candy Stripe’ is a popular variety with pink-and-white–striped flowers.
    • ‘Emerald Blue’ produces a sea of lilac-blue flowers (perfect for that waterfall of color!).

Creeping phlox (P. subulata) has needle-shaped leaves and produces a carpet of flowers.

  • Phlox stolonifera, which also goes by the common names Creeping phlox and Moss phlox, is similar to P. subulata in name only. The main differences between it and P. subulata are that its leaves are oval-shaped (rather than needle-shaped) and its flowers are produced on stems that rise 6–10 inches above the foliage (rather than directly on the foliage). It prefers a shadier growing site with rich, evenly-moist soil.
    • ‘Sherwood Purple’ is a delicate little phlox with purplish-pink flowers.
  • Woodland phlox or Blue phlox(Phlox divaricata) is another low-growing species. As its two common names suggest, it prefers partial to full shade and moist, rich soils, and produces bluish flowers in early spring. Like P. stolonifera, its flowers bloom on stems that rise about a foot or so above the creeping foliage.
    • ‘Chattahoochee’ and ‘Blue Moon’ are two great varieties with beautiful blue-to-violet flowers.

Medium-Height Phlox

  • Annual phlox or Drummond’s phlox(Phlox drummondii) grows as an annual rather than a perennial, unlike most other phlox species. Annual phlox rarely grows taller than 2 feet in height. Most varieties are not very heat tolerant, but in warmer regions you may find the heat-tolerant varieties for sale. Plant in well-draining soil in a site that gets partial sun and doesn’t stay too wet.

Tall Phlox

  • Garden phlox or Summer phlox(Phlox paniculata) is the tallest phlox in cultivation and is probably the species that most folks have in their gardens. It grows in clumps that reach between 3 and 5 feet in height and produces panicles of flowers in mid- to late summer. Though tolerant of most lighting, it grows and flowers best in partial to full sun. It has a reputation for being very susceptible to powdery mildew, but resistant varieties are available.
    • ‘David’ has bright white flowers and is resistant to powdery mildew.
    • ‘Jeana’, another mildew-resistant variety, produces panicles of petite purplish flowers—similar in appearance to a butterfly bush.

Other Phlox

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).

Watch the video: Fuchsia Plant Spring Care

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