The Fuchsia is an extremely popular indoor plant, available in an enormous range of varieties. There are many different colours, shapes and sizes offlowers and the habits vary from erect and bushy, through standard, to semi-trailing. Such variation means that the Fuchsia is useful in a number of different indoor locations, as well as being excellent for outer areas such as porches, conservatories, patios and glasshouses. Conditions should be kept moderate, so wherever the plant is grown inside should be freely ventilated. Flowering lasts from spring right through to autumn, after which the Fuchsia will rest until the following spring. Regular checks should be made for diseases and pests, such as whitefly and especially aphid, which can cause problems even in the winter ifthere is new growth to feed on.

Plant type : Flowering plant with standard, semi-trailing or erect, bushy habit
Season of interest : Spring to early autumn
Size : 15-100cm (6—39in)
Flower : Hanging, with upward curving sepals and overlapping petals, forming corolla, 4-6.5cm (1 1/2—2 1/2in) across, white, pink, red or purple
Leaf : Oval, 4-6.5cm (1 1/2—2 1/2in), mid green
Temperature : 13-20°C (55—68°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with exposure to sun
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry just a little before re-watering; water only enough to prevent dehydration in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every one to two weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7,5-10cm (3—4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 15-20°C (60 — 68°F) from mid to late spring to early autumn
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, whitefly, red spider mite, fungal rust
Availability : Commonly available from spring to summer
Uses indoors : Good for porch, or windowsill in cool room when smaller; also patio