It is common to see fuchsias hanging in baskets and on porches – and, indeed, these types of plants are certainly visually striking. Fuchsia flowers have an outer tube that ends in sepals that flip up and turn back, while their petals often come in many different colour combinations.
The usual aesthetic appeal of fuchsias is enhanced in giant fuchsias, so it shouldn’t be surprising that many people are eager to learn how to grow the trailing varieties in hanging baskets. If you are one of these people, then you are likely to benefit from this straightforward guide to growing beautiful giant fuchsias in hanging baskets.
Have the right equipment
Firstly, make sure that you will have all of the necessary equipment for growing beautiful giant fuchsias in hanging baskets. This equipment will include wire basket form, sheet or sphagnum moss, sterile potting soil, a trowel, fertiliser and a jar with a lid.
Use the wire form to make a basket before lining it inside with sheet moss or sphagnum. You should completely line the basket inside from the middle out to the edges with damp moss, pressing it against the frame, before allowing the basket to completely dry. The lining will provide good drainage that will help to ensure the healthy growth of the fuchsias. You should then fill the basket with sterile potting soil before transplanting an established fuchsia plant in the pot or taking three to five small fuchsia plants and planting them out halfway from the centre to the pot edge in a triangle.
Once you have finished planting, you should water the fuchsias well and then hang the basket in an area that is out of direct sunlight and in partial shade. It is important that the shade is only partial rather than total, as the former will encourage the growth of more flowers. You should also remember to keep the soil moist at all times.
Encouraging the healthy growth of the fuchsias
As you leave the fuchsias to grow, you should remember to fertilise them once a week with 16-16-16 or 20-20-20 water-soluble fertiliser. Before using the fertiliser, add 1 tablespoon of it to 1 gallon of water before dissolving it. You should then keep the fertiliser water in a covered container and save any excess such water to use the following week. You should also remember to remove any spent flowers, as this will encourage the growth of more blooms; otherwise, the plant’s energy will be diverted towards creating seeds rather than producing more flowers.