Fuchsia Magellanica Riccartonii Hedging
Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii (Hardy Fuchsia)
This is the original, old fashioned hardy Fuchsia with the small and delicate ballerina flowers of scarlet and dark purple that appear continuously from June right through until October, held amongst attractive bronzy dark green foliage. This is a bushy growing shrub and potentially the largest (and toughest) of our Hardy Fuchsia varieties growing up to 2 metres or more in milder localities.
The Hardy Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii has all kinds of uses, add them to a shrub or mixed border where there foliage and flower colour will bring interest all season long, or plant them in a generous sized container (our plants are already well established in 2 litre pots, not little rooted cuttings in plugs) for a prize specimen that will look great on a patio or terrace. Like all of our Fuchsia varieties this also makes a delightful flowering hedge of 150-200cm, simply plant 3-4 plants per metre and our strong bushy plants will soon develop to make a fantastic hedge feature or screen in your garden.
Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii grow well out in the garden in any good well drained soil, these are hardy shrubs but a cold winter and hard frosts may well kill of the top growth back to ground level, new growth will emerge from the base in Spring, probably even stronger than before. This is not something to be disheartened about, the most important thing is to get a strong and healthy root system established from which the new growths will emerge. As we can never predict what kind of Winter is in store each year, we recommend pruning Hardy Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii shrubs in the spring, even if the top does get killed off over Winter, it will still provide useful protection for the crown of the plant and is best left in situ until the longer, warmer days return.
Like all Hardy Fuchsias, Riccartonii does very well by the sea.
How to grow Fuchsia magellanica Riccartonii
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves drop from the plant in Autumn and fresh new ones emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Any average well drained soil.
Flowering time: June to September ( and often later)
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 200cm high x 200cm wide.
Hardiness: Frost hardy. May get cut to ground level by Winter frosts but new shoots will emerge from the base in Spring.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim hedges and shrubs back to strong new growth in late Spring .
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We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.