Cultivar: C. Carrington
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 C. Carrington 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 dry out. Water this plant deeply. Frequent, shallow watering promotes a poor root system and an unhealthy plant. C. Carrington Fuchsia does not tolerate drought. If watering deeply once a week causes wilt, water more often, but be sure to water deeply each time.
AHS Heat Zone
While the AHS Heat Zone has not been defined for this plant, care should be taken when choosing a location. If you live in an area with shorter, cooler summers, plant in full sun. If you live in an area with longer, hotter summers, plant in partial shade. This plant does not tolerate heat and humidity.
Fertilize with shrub and tree fertilizer in the spring before new growth appears. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer.
C. Carrington Fuchsia is a weeping perennial that produces small, green leaves and showy, single flowers in shades of purple and red. It also produces fruit that, while edible, is not appetizing.
Prune C. Carrington Fuchsia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Pinch the stem tips to encourage foliage growth and a bushier plant.
Propagate by dipping a stem tip in rooting powder and planting the tip in amended soil. Water well.
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