On Dec 21, 2011, freweeln from Raleigh, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have been buying this plant in hanging baskets for years and for the life of me do not know why I cannot keep it alive. This is the only plant, in both container or garden, that I have this problem with! It either ends up that I purchased it with spider mites (which I know how to deal with but am always unsuccessful in THIS plant variety) or it just dies for no known reason to me. It starts losing leaves, dries up, withers away. I water it when it looks as though it needs it, or at least once a week.
I live in the central part of North Carolina. I saw a posting from someone from Kansas who has transplanted it into the ground. I wonder if anyone in the NC area has done so with any success.
Also, this plant looks exactly like our native honeysuckle... are they related?
On Nov 11, 2006, ArqAsh from Manhattan, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:
I transferred "Dark Eyes" from a hanging planter into the ground about 3 years ago - planted it in a protected area with lots of morning sun and light shade the rest of the day. It's been coming back around late spring with beautiful, large purple flowers for 2 years now. I cut the dead twigs down to the ground late winter and I don't notice it till its ready to bloom again and keeps blooming till first frost.
I am on my second fuchsia plant. I have been unsuccessful with this but I really think it's due to my own errors. I'm sure I drowned my 1st one and couldn't find a "happy place" for it. Now that I have done my research and realized that it doesn't have to be wet, only moist and would love light mistings throughout the day. Also I think I found that happy placefor it with light morning sun...I can only hope and pray that I won't kill this one. It is HUGE...biggest I've ever seen. I paid $17 at a Hardware store but would have gladly paid $25. Its beautiful. Wish me luck with this one!!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Blue Ridge, Alabama Rainbow City, Alabama Oakland, California Redlands, California Ridgemark, California San Jose, California Belle Rose, Louisiana Salem, Oregon South Kingstown, Rhode Island Impact, Texas Lubbock, Texas San Antonio, Texas Chimacum, Washington Five Corners, Washington Kalama, Washington North Bend, Washington Seattle, Washington