Fuchsias are a staple of British gardens, these perennial shrubby plants are found everywhere. Grown for their bright flowers and hardiness for those cold British winters. The first written description of a Fuchsia comes from 1690 by the French monk Minim after he discovered them on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. There are over 100 different types of Fuchsia, most of them originating from South America. With a little care and attention, they can look good year after year in UK gardens.

How to keep fuchsia flowering

If your anything like me you wish your Fuchsias annual flower display never ended, those little hanging flowers are just so delicate and beautiful. Well, I may be able to help you out. While I cannot offer infinite blooms and can teach you a few tips and tricks which will help prolong the amount of time your fuchsia plant spends in flower. So read on to find out just how to keep Fuchsia flowering.

Deadheading

Deadheading your Fuchsias is essential if you want to prolong their flowering time. If you leave the flowers to go to seed then the plant will start putting all of its energy into creating those seeds. Whereas if you deadhead the flowers as soon as they have finished blooming the plant won’t be able to put its energy into the seed. So what it does is create fresh flowers in the hope of turning these to seed. The Fuchsia wants to reproduce and create seed, so if you take these opportunities away it will create more in the shape of beautiful new blooms.

One thing to note when deadheading a Fuchsia is the seed is actually very high up the flower and can sometimes be missed. You will see a small bulge above the bloom, this is the seed pod. For this reason, pinch out the dead flowers at the stem.