Cultivar: Little Bo Peep
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: Water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer
Availability: Sold as seeds or live, potted plants.
When to plant: Little Bo Peep 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 twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Center the plant in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well. Plant at least 12 inches apart.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. Keep the soil moist to a depth of at least 18 inches, but do not let the soil become soggy. Less frequent, deep watering is better than frequent, shallow watering. Deep watering encourages root growth and plant health.
Fertilize with a water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer every 10 to 14 days or as otherwise directed on the package. You can also use organic fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, but be sure to follow the instructions on the package as different brands may have different ingredients and strengths.
AHS Heat Zone
While the AHS Heat Zone is not defined, you should carefully choose a planting location. If you live in an area with longer, hotter summers, plant in partial shade. If you live in an area with shorter, cooler summers, pant in sun to full sun. This fuchsia does not tolerate drought or high heat and humidity.
Little Bo-Peep Fuchsia is a deciduous shrub that produces decorative berries. The berries are edible, but not very appetizing. It also produces small, green leaves and showy, single flowers. The flowers bloom with purple corollas and pale red sepals.
Cut flowers in the early morning before the dew dries. Use a sharp knife or sharp gardening shears to make an angled cut. Immediately immerse in cold water. Add a teaspoon of sugar to the vase water. Change the water every other day, adding a teaspoon of sugar and making a new, angled cut on the stem at each water change.
Prune Little Bo-Peep Fuchsia in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying wood and plant mater. Pinch the stem tips to encourage foliage and flower growth. Pinching terminal buds on the stem tips will encourage the lateral buds on the branches to flower.
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