Close-up of the flowers and developing fruit
Photograph by: Stan Shebs
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Fuchsia campos-portoi is a small, evergreen perennial plant with stems that often become woody, growing 30 - 200cm tall, exceptionally to 300cm[
]. The plant has a spreading habit, with underground rhizomes that send up new shoots[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
S. America - eastern central Brazil.
Open savannah at elevations from 2,100 - 2,550 metres[
]. Often grows among rocks[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, where winter frosts are frequent[
]. Plants can tolerate fairly cold conditions with occasional lows to -7°c[
Prefers a position in partial to deep shade[
]. Prefers a well-drained, moist soil[
Fuchsia species flower and fruit mainly on new wood produced in the same growing season. Any pruning, therefore, is best carried out at the start of the growing season, cutting out old wood in order to encourage vigorous new growth[
Fruit - raw[
]. The cylindrical-oblong fruit is 14 - 16mm long, 7 - 8mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
] though stored seed can also be used. Surface sow the seed in a semi-shaded position in a seed tray, gently pressing the seed into the compost, and do not allow the compost to dry out[
]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[
Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[
Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[
Division of suckers[
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