Planting tips – Fuchsias
Planting tips for less watering
Fuchsias in the past have been recognized as being high water users (Due to the popularity of fuchsia baskets), but in fact if planted correctly and you follow some of the tips below you will find that they will use a lot less water than you think they need:
- There are now lots of water saving granules and wetting agents on the market, use these when planting.
- Ensure your fuchsia is well planted with potting mix level planted just below top of planting soil. Build up a small mound around the drip line of the plant so that it holds a reservoir of water when watered.
- During summer water deeply and less often to encourage deeper roots and less evaporation.
- Prepare your soil well, Using lots of organic material and composts i.e. Blood & Bone, rotted manures. With this the soil is able to retain more moisture and fertilizer.
- Once planted ensure to mulch well and thick.
- Try not to plant your fuchsia in direct afternoon sun or in areas of wind.
- Regularly fertilize for plant health and resistance to heat stress.
- Fuchsias that are well spaced will ‘breathe’ better and not compete for moisture, remove all weeds etc from around.
- During summer products like ‘Envy’ can reduce transpiration by the plant and help against wilting; ‘Envy’ is a liquid polymer which is sprayed on, also very effective against frost damage in winter.(Available on our website)
- When planting out baskets use wetting agents and water saving granules, ensure basket is of good size to prevent it from drying out to quickly.
- Avoid using plastic baskets as these absorb heat from the sun and kill fuchsias quickly in summer. Use fibre lined baskets instead, these ‘breathe’ better & drain away excess watering.
- When planting your basket use a piece of plastic with a hole in the centre for drainage this will help retain some moisture.
- Regular pruning of spent flowers & seed pods will invigorate the plant and reduce energy into producing seed.
Planting tips – Hydrangea colours.
Always best to do a soil pH test in several areas first and then you know what your working with.
For Blues into Purples you need a low pH below 6.0 (Acidic soil or potting mix) lower the better for Purples.
For Pinks into Reds you need a mid-high pH 6.5 and above (Neutral to Alkaline), the higher the better for Reds.
Good tips for changing pH:
Use Sulphur for lowering, Lime for increasing.
Blues/purples require aluminium sulphate to be available as a nutrient (This is only available when pH is low).
Reds require good amounts of potassium to enhance the deep pink colours into red.
If you need, we supply the test kits here and also the Aluminium suplhate, sulphurs and potassiums.
Hope this helps. Happy Gardening!