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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Fuchsia

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Angel
Boonville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2001
7:41 PM

Post #4570

Can anyone identify the name of this fuchsia? They have these locally and I was considering buying one. They are in hanging baskets and it is huge with tons of blooms.

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Jerseyguy
Princeton, NJ
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2001
10:56 PM

Post #73204

Looks like "Darkeyes" to me. Although there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of fuchsia cultivars, this one seems to be one of the most popular in the mass market trade. A little hint if you do buy one, fuchsias hate hot, dry, windy sites and will shrivel and die in no time flat if exposed to these conditions. They are also big drinkers and may require watering everyday during the heat of the summer. They do best in dappled shade in the coolest location you can find, perhaps an east or northeast exposure. Avoid a south or western exposure in your area at all costs. You also need to be on the lookout for whitefly which simply LOVE fuchsia. Fucshia grow to perfection on the west coast and New England, anyplace else and they are a bit of challenge, nevertheless, garden centers love them because they sell like hotcakes but they'll rarely, if ever, give you the straight story on just how difficult it is to grow these WELL in hot climates.
Angel
Boonville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2001
11:06 PM

Post #73207

Thank you. Darkeyes was what I was thinking from a description I read somewhere. The lady at the grocery store greenhouse actually did give me good instructions on growing it. If I do get it then I will hang it from the porch of the bungalow I live in. It faces the east and is always cool and shady with a nice breeze.

This plant is has amazing flowers but it is a little showy and less elegant so I may not get it. It is just hard to believe flowers can grow so perfectly like that. It looks like jewelry from the 80's, lol!

Thank you again for the identification.

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