Fuchsia: in the garden or in a pot?


Our fuchsias, Who does not recognize them? They are plants whose flowers show an incalculable elegance and ornamental power. Its habitat is mainly in Asia and the south of the American continent. They grow in the form of shrubs or small trees that do not exceed three meters in height. This makes them Ideal plants for both gardens and pots.

And we will talk about this next, about the advantages of having Fuchsias on the ground, such as having them in a pot, as well as their care. In both places there are advantages and disadvantages, and it is important that, before doing anything, we decide where we will have our precious Fuchsia.

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Flower pot



To increase the already extraordinary beauty of this plant, it is best to plant it in a clay pot. But always keeping in mind that it has to be large, since this way we will avoid having to transplant it.

The substrate must be acidic, that is, with a pH lower than 6. This type of substrate has a brown color, unlike those with a higher pH whose color is darker, reaching black. When touched it feels porous, loose. Preferably it should contain pearlite to facilitate drainage.

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages over having it in the garden are the following:

  • Location can be changed
  • Irrigation is better controlled, thus avoiding root rot
  • Better control over fertilizer, growth and pests

And the main drawback (possibly the only one), is that it will not develop as much as if it were on land.

On land



Once we have our Fuchsia and we have chosen the place where we want to plant it, we have to take into account several things:

  • We must make sure that the soil has a low pH, lower than 6, since if it is higher the plant will not be able to grow.
  • The hole should be twice what the height of the pot measures; that is, if the pot is about 20cm high, the hole should be about 40cm deep.
  • To facilitate drainage and better adaptation of the roots to their new home, we can fill the hole halfway with substrate that has an acidic pH. And, once we introduce the plant, fill with more substrate.

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages are the following: better development of the root system and therefore of the plant, a growth rate somewhat faster than if it were in a pot, not to mention that it will give an exotic touch to the garden.

And the main drawback is that it is not an option for those who do not have a garden, or whose soil is calcareous.

And you, do you have Fuchsias? Where do you have them: in a pot or in the ground?

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  1.   Tobias said

    I've always wanted fuchsias, but I guess in my climate they wouldn't thrive.
    I live in a subtropical zone, I think with a rusticity between 10 or 11.


    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Tobias.
      Fuchsias thrive in subtropical climates. In fact, most species cannot bear frost.
      a greeting

  2.   Tobias said

    On the internet they appear as temperate climate ... 3-9 ... well, I will get some segment to experiment ...

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Only by trying will you know for sure if it goes well or not. Good luck! 🙂