Cultivar: Lavender Basket
Zones: 9 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Sandy loam to loam
Soil pH: 5.0 to 7.0
Sunlight: Partial shade to full sun
Fertilizer: Water-soluble, quick-release or flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as seeds or live, potted plants
When to plant: Lavender Basket Fuchsia seeds can be started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. Live plants can be planted after the last frost.
Seeds: Seeds can be planted ¼-inch deep. For outdoor planting, thin plants to 12 inches of spacing once they're established.
Live plants: Dig a planting hole that is twice as wide as the root ball. If the soil needs to be amended, use 50% of the original soil and 50% amended soil, making sure the pH is in the correct range. Place the plant in the planting hole, then fill with soil and water well. Mulched shrubs and trees tend to grow faster than non-mulched shrubs and trees, so mulch with a couple inches of compost or pulverized bark.
Water enough so that the soil stays moist. If you are growing this plant outside, water with at least an inch of water per week. If the soil seems to dry out before a week is up, give the plant an inch and a half of water at a time. Deep watering is better than frequent, shallow waterings as it promotes root growth and a strong, healthy plant.
If you are growing the plant as a houseplant, water thoroughly enough so that the soil is soaked. Be sure that the container has holes at the bottom for proper drainage. Allow the top inch of soil to dry before watering again.
Fertilize with a water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer every 10 to 14 days or use a flowering shrub and tree fertilizer as directed on the package. If you use a flowering shrub and tree fertilizer, you may only need to fertilize once a year.
AHS Heat Zone
The AHS Heat Zone is not defined for this fuchsia, but caution should be used when choosing an outdoor location. Lavender Basket Fuchsia does not tolearate heat, high humidity or drought conditions, so if you live in an area with long, hot, humid summers, this plant should be used as a houseplant. If you live in an area with shorter, cooler summers, you may be able to grow this fuchsia as a landscape shrub.
Lavender Basket Fuchsia is a deciduous shrub that produces decorative fruit and small, green leaves. The double flowers are showy and bloom in shades of purple and red.
Prune Lavender Basket Fuchsia during the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying wood. This plant has terminal, lateral and dormant growth buds. Pinching the stem tips (the terminal buds at the end of the stem) encourages the lateral buds to flower. This plant responds well to shearing to create a hedge.
Save some of the fruit from the plant and remove the seeds. Dry the seeds and plant them in the same manner as store-bought seeds.
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