Cultivar: A Bit of Red
Zones: 9 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Sandy loam to loam
Soil pH: 5 to 7
Sunlight: Partial shade to full sun
Watering: Normal to moist
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants
When to plant: Plant A Bit Of Red Fuchsia at any time during the growing season when there is no danger of frost.
CONTAINER: Dig a planting hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Center the fuchsia in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BALLED AND BURLAPED: Dig a planting hole three times the size of the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. If the burlap is synthetic, remove and discard it, as synthetic burlap does not decompose. Center the fuchsia in the planting hole. Remove any staples or ties holding organic burlap on the plant. Fold the top of the burlap down far enough into the planting hole so that it is completely covered when you backfill. Backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BARE ROOT: Soak the roots for at least eight hours to ensure proper hydration. Dig a planting hole as wide as the spread-out roots and as deep as the discoloration on the trunk. This shows how deep the fuchsia was previously planted. Center the fuchsia in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be kept moist to a depth of 18 inches. Water again when the top few inches of soil dries out. Always water deeply. Frequent, shallow watering promotes a weak root system and an unhealthy plant.
Fertilize with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer in the spring before new growth begins. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer.
A Bit Of Red Fuchsia is a weeping shrub that produces small, deciduous leaves and showy, red and white flowers. This shrub grows up to six feet in height and up to three feet wide.
Prune A Bit Of Red Fuchsia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. If the branches become too thick and the plant starts to crowd itself, cut a few branches off at the trunk. Pinch the stem tips to encourage foliage growth. Pinching the stem tips also removes the terminal buds, which then forces the lateral buds to bloom.
Propagate with stem cuttings. Use a cutting of the softest wood possible. Dip the cutting in rooting powder and plant in amended soil. Water well.
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