NEW Fuchsia ‘Angela’ (Hardy) from T&M
Standards like Fuchsia ‘Angela’ make a striking feature on doorsteps and patios.
Image: NEW Fuchsia ‘Angela’ (Hardy) from Thompson & Morgan

If you love fuchsias and want to fill your borders, hanging baskets, and patio containers with elegant flowers, we’ve scoured the internet to find the most helpful online content. With advice on overwintering, taking cuttings, troubleshooting, and suggestions for new varieties to try, these experienced garden bloggers have a wealth of knowledge to share. Here’s everything you need to know to grow your own fabulous fuchsias.

Ray – Gardening Online

Fuchsias growing on the windowsill
Fuchsia seedlings will grow happily on a sunny windowsill.
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Try growing fuchsias from seed, says YouTuber, Ray of Gardening Online. Sowing your own seed is cheap, you don’t need much space, and it’s a great way to produce lots of plants for your hanging baskets and containers. Fuchsias are notoriously hard to germinate, but Ray’s informative video, ‘How to Grow Fuchsia from Seed – Start to Finish’, provides a step-by-step process which shows you exactly how to maximise your chances of success.

Paul – The Hampshire Gardener

Closeup of secateurs pruning fuchsias
Pruning fuchsias will keep them to the height and space allocated.
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If you live in the South, you’ll find hardy fuchsias make a great hedge, says YouTuber, Paul. All you have to do is leave them and they’ll grow to 1 to 2m, providing an all-year-round green screen and an abundance of berries for the birds. If you want to keep your fuchsias to a certain height, watch Paul’s video ‘How To Prune Hardy Fuchsias’ at his channel The Hampshire Gardener. With 30 years’ gardening experience under his belt, this is advice you can trust.

Eric Coupland

Training a fuchsia for a compact display
Train your fuchsia into a ‘standard’ for a compact display.
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Did you know you can control when your fuchsias flower to suit you? Eric Coupland does it, and will show you how to do the same — it’s as simple as removing buds and controlling the temperature. Take a look at his Facebook post for some great videos, writings, and photos of his own stunning fuchsia collection. An expert at producing fuchsia ‘standards’ for shows, one look at Eric’s Facebook page and you’ll find yourself falling down a fuchsia-shaped rabbit hole.

Simon – Spare Time Gardening with Simon

Fuchsia ‘Pink Elephant’ from Thompson & Morgan
Create brand new blooms from your favourite fuchsia plants by hand pollination
Image: Fuchsia ‘Pink Elephant’ from Thompson & Morgan

Learn how to hybridise your fuchsias to create brand new blooms. On his Youtube channel, Spare Time Gardening with Simon, Simon takes you through the process from start to finish, explaining which part of the fuchsia flower produces pollen and how to tell if it’s ready for fertilising. Simon’s video ‘How to Hybridize Fuchsias’ is visually detailed and includes annotations to make the process even clearer.

Derek – Five Minute Gardener

Fuchsia berries on a hand
Fuchsia berries from some varieties are edible, and make a tasty snack.
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Who knew that some fuchsia berries are edible? Instagrammer, The Five Minute Gardener, says they taste like Kiwi fruit. Check out Derek’s post to find out more. Eat them straight from the bush, make them into jam, or pair them with greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey — this Instagrammer’s favourite. A popular account profiling family friendly ‘grow your own’, The Five Minute Gardener makes growing fun and accessible for all ages.

Ian – DIY Home and Gardening

Gardener showing a fuchsia cutting in a pot
Ian shows you how to take a fuchsia cutting in this useful video
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Find out how to get more fuchsias for your money with this tip from Ian of YouTube channel, DIY Home and Gardening. He says, when you buy a fuchsia, always take softwood cuttings before you plant it out. To find out how, make sure you watch his excellent video, ‘How to Propagate Fuchsias, How to Take Fuchsia Cuttings’, taking you through exactly how to propagate your own free plants in just 2-3 weeks! An experienced plantsman, Ian is generous with his knowledge and has a friendly presentation style that’s always engaging. Check out his video and learn how to ‘strike’ yourself a new fuchsia now.

Nick – UK Gardener

Closeup of trimmed fuchsias
Take cuttings from fuchsias to easily create new plants.
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“The best place to take a cutting from a plant is two leaf nodes up the stem,” says Nick of YouTube channel, UK Gardening. In his video ‘Pinching out and taking fuchsia cuttings’, he says cuttings are a great way to create new plant clones and also help to generate fresh growth, which means even more dazzling flowers this summer. Nick says he’s camera shy, but he does a great job in the limelight — follow his clear and detailed instructions to help you grow glorious fuchsias. 

Tejvan – Gardeners Tips

Cutting tender fuchsias back during winter
Cut tender fuchsias back in winter to store in a dry, frost-free place like this bright windowsill.
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The micro climate for a fuchsia can help it survive. If grown in full sun the wood will ripen to a firm brown twig that resists freezing,” says blogger Tejvan of Gardeners Tips. Just one tip from Tejvan’s checklist for overwintering hardy fuchsias, check out the rest of his ‘Overwintering Fuchsias’ article to discover how to protect your favourite tender and hardy fuchsias ready to bloom again next season. Tejvan now lives in the south of the UK, but having spent years gardening in the Pennines, his advice is especially useful for fuchsia lovers from cooler climes.

John Moore – Pyracantha

Fuchsia ‘Eruption’ from Thompson & Morgan
Take cuttings from half-hardy fuchsias like Fuchsia ‘Eruption’ to save space in winter
Image: Fuchsia ‘Eruption’ from Thompson & Morgan

If you’re short on space for overwintering your tender fuchsias, John Moore of Pyracantha explains how to take hardwood cuttings as you prune this autumn. Just one of many handy nuggets of information packed into his article about ‘Growing Fuchsias’, taking hardwood cuttings guarantees plenty of fresh, new growth next spring. You’ll love John Moore’s writing — his non nonsense, down-to-earth style makes information easy to read and digest. 

West London Gardener

Roots propagated in water
Roots beginning to shoot from fuchsia stems propagated in water.
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Try a new spin on the tried and tested method of taking fuchsia cuttings. The West London Gardener’s video ‘Propagating Fuchsia Cuttings in Water’ is super easy, costs nothing, and all it takes is a fuchsia and a pair of scissors. The West London Gardener is on a mission to make gardening accessible for all. Her relaxed but highly informative video is easy to follow and guaranteed to help you grow more of your favourite flowers.

Michael Perry – Mr Plant Geek

Fuschia Giant-Flowered Collection from Thompson & Morgan
Try Thompson & Morgan’s giant-flowered collection for huge blooms.
Image: Fuchsia Giant-Flowered Collection from Thompson & Morgan

Perhaps you’ll allow me to blow your flowery mind with fuchsias the size of your hand; fuchsias you can eat; and more…” says Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek. In his article ‘5 very different fuchsias you need to try in your garden’, he recommends Fuchsia ‘Giants’ for their enormous blooms. Find out what other cultivars Michael has in store by checking out his excellent article. Many years’ experience of working in the horticultural sector, make Mr Plant Geek your go-to for fuchsia advice.

Alan Down – Down to Earth

Fuchsia ‘Genii’ from Thompson and Morgan.
Variegated Fuchsia ‘Genii’ has golden leaves, it looks fantastic in a hanging basket.
Image: Fuchsia ‘Genii’ from Thompson and Morgan.

Fuchsia foliage can be just as exciting as the flowers. Here, blogger Alan Down of Down to Earth, presents ‘Fuchsias that are hardy in Britain’. Listing all his favourites, Alan suggests Fuchsia ‘Genii’ for bright golden foliage or Fuchsia ‘Sunray’ for sprawling growth and silvery pink tinged leaves. Alan is an expert container grower with a successful career in the horticultural industry; trust him for great garden advice.

Sue Sanderson – Thompson & Morgan blog

Fuchsia trailing pre-planted pot from Thompson and Morgan
Keep your hanging baskets in bloom with regular feeding and deadheading through the summer.
Image: Fuchsia trailing pre-planted pot from Thompson and Morgan

Although many fuchsia plants are naturally floriferous, feeding them every few weeks throughout the summer with a soluble fertiliser (especially those grown in hanging baskets and containers) is well-worth the few minutes of effort,” says Sue Sanderson, writing for the Thompson & Morgan blog. Regular feeding will encourage an endless supply of flowers. Check out Sue’s article ‘How to Grow Fuchsias’ for step-by-step instructions for planting, caring for and getting the most from your fuchsias. Sue is a veteran Thompson & Morgan blogger, whose gardening advice you can trust.

Sunny Wieler – Stone Art

Fuchsia hedging in Ireland
Hardy fuchsias are a non-native but naturalised part of Irish hedges.
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Fuchsia magellanica is “West Cork’s adopted alien,” says Sunny Wieler of the website Stone Art.Anyone who has visited West Cork in the summertime will have seen this amazing deciduous shrub illuminate the hedge groves all over the countryside.” If you’d like to create your own Fuchsia hedge, Sunny offers some excellent advice. He says to plant Fuchsia magellanica 45cm apart in the spring – do read his fascinating article to find out more.

Daniel – Patient Gardener

Fuchsia succumbed to disease
This unhealthy fuchsia has succumbed to disease.
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The easiest way to figure out what is afflicting your fuchsia is to look at the most common symptom,” says Daniel, creator of the ‘Patient Gardener’. Here he draws on his extensive experience as a professional gardener to create a user-friendly resource for plant lovers everywhere. Grey-brown mould on your fuchsia leaves? It might be botrytis blight, says Daniel. Check out his article ‘How to Revive a Fuchsia’ to find out what to do about it.

David Marks – GardenFocused

Any fuchsia leaf showing rust damage needs to be removed from the plant and burned. 
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Fuchsia problems? Read ‘Pests and Diseases of Fuchsia’ by blogger David Marks, creator of the blog GardenFocused. David discusses three of most common issues fuchsias face – fuchsia gall mite, vine weevil and rust. With 35 years’ gardening experience under his belt, David provides advice you know you can trust. Try his effective preventions and cures to keep your fuchsias healthy.

Sun Gardening

Fuchsia gall mite
Fuchsia gall mites cause stunted leaf growth in Fuchsia plants
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It may be only 0.25mm long, but ‘Fuchsia Gall Mite’ plays havoc with your Fuchsias, say the team behind Sun Gardening. Their profile of the pest equips you with the ability to quickly recognise a fuchsia gall mite infection. Look out for “stunted, distorted shoot growth which often has a red or greenish yellow colour,” they say – it’s a tell-tale sign of infection. The three creators of Sun Gardening offer a wealth of gardening advice backed with years of experience.

Geoff Stonebanks – Thompson & Morgan blog

Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ from Thompson & Morgan
Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ can be trained over trellis and along fences.
Image: Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ from Thompson & Morgan

I would have no hesitation in recommending fuchsias to any garden owner wanting long lasting and interesting colour in their garden,” says Geoff Stonebanks in his article for the Thompson & Morgan blog. In his post about the ‘Fuchsia Festival at Driftwood’, Geoff recommends Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ and Fuchsia ‘Lady in Black’ for stunning displays all summer long. A prolific fuchsia grower, Geoff uses his multi-award-winning garden to raise money for good causes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the best fuchsia content available, and feel ready to get started with planting and growing your own spectacular fuchsias. Do you know of a great article we’ve missed? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or tag us at #YourTMGarden.

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