Cultivar: IX L
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 IXL 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. Always water deeply. Frequent, shallow watering promotes a weak root system, making an unhealthy plant.
AHS Heat Zone
While the AHS Heat Zone has not been defined for this plant, care should be taken when deciding where to place it. 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.
Fertilize with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer before new growth in the spring. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer.
IXL Fuchsia is a weeping, deciduous shrub that produces small, green leaves and showy flowers in shades of red and white. It also produces fruit that is edible but not very appetizing.
Prune IXL Fuchsia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Pinching the stem tips encourages foliage and flower growth on lateral buds, creating a bushier plant.
Propagate with stem cuttings. Cut a stem top to about six inches and dip it in rooting powder. Plant the tip in amended soil and water well.
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