Fuchsia leptopoda E.H.L.Krause
Fuchsia serratifolia Ruiz & Pav.
Fuchsia siphonantha E.H.L.Krause
Fuchsia tacsoniiflora E.H.L.Krause
Fuchsia denticulata is a shrub that varies in habit according to habitat. In more open positions it is a shrub, that can be erect or scandent, growing 1.5 - 4 metres tall, but in forests it can produce climbing stems up to 10 metres long[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild and consumed locally. The plant is often grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its eye-catching display of flowers[
S. America - Peru, Bolivia.
Moist canyons in cloud forests and in mountain scrub at elevations from 2,000 - 3,600 metres[
|Pollinators||Insects, Humming birds
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants can withstand occasional short-lived frosts with temperatures as low as -3°c, but they need protection from hard frosts and freezes[
Plants grow best in a shady position[
]. Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil[
]. Succeeds in a good loam if sand and leafmold 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[
]. This species has a long tubular flower and is pollinated by humming birds in the wild[
Fruit - raw[
]. A juicy berry, it has a nice, slightly acid flavour[
]. The fruit can be up to 25mm long and 12mm 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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