Fuchsia corymbosa Pritz.
Fuchsia munzii J.F.Macbr.
Fuchsia velutina I.M.Johnst.
Fuchsia corymbiflora is a erect or climbing, deciduous shrub growing 1 - 4 metres tall[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is often grown as an ornamental.
S. America - Peru.
Amongst moist shrubs or along the banks of streams in elevated cloud forests at elevations from 1,500 - 2,850 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil[
]. Requires a moist position[
]. Prefers semi-shade and a sheltered site[
]. Succeeds in a good loam if leafmold and sand are added[
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[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
A good bee plant[
Fruit - raw. Tasty[
]. A juicy berry[
], it tastes of ripe figs[
]. Very pleasant eating, it does not have the after-taste that many fuchsia fruits have[
]. The fruit can be up to 12mm long and 10mm wide[
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[
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