Question: fuchsia

Hi, I have two fuchsia plants, I read on some tabs on the internet that they are evergreen plants but mine are losing their leaves, the branches are very bare and from greens they are turning brown. Is it normal or are they withering? They were never exposed to direct sunlight and I took care that the soil remained moist and without liquid stagnation. Can I make a cutting now in an attempt to save something? Thanks for the reply.

Answer: fuchsia

Dear Camilla,
fuchsias are perennial plants; there are about a hundred species, widespread especially in the tropical or subtropical areas of South America, but some species are widespread in nature in cooler areas, such as the extreme south of Chile and Argentina; other species, albeit few, originate from Asia and New Zealand. The species that generally and most commonly can be found in Italian nurseries, are hybrids, originating from the South American botanical species. Very rarely, and only in some areas, it is possible to find species of shrub fuchsia, which can easily survive the cold Italian winter. Typically the fuchsias are very suitable plants for those shaded and fresh gardens; most hybrid species love fairly stable average temperatures, which are around 15-20 ° C, and they fear daily temperature changes, as well as extreme cold and extreme heat. For this reason, they are typically among the first flowering plants that we find in nurseries in early spring, because if they are not cultivated well, when the heat of July arrives, they tend to lose their foliage or stop flowering. For this reason, to have fuchsias always beautiful and in bloom, it is good to find them a fresh and shaded position, above all avoiding direct sunlight in the afternoon and evening hours, those in which the ground becomes hot and the air becomes sultry. They are easy to grow plants, but they can become really difficult if grown in southern areas, with a very hot summer climate, or even simply on the terrace, where the warm flooring tends to keep temperatures high even in the middle of the night, without guaranteeing the plants of enjoy the coolness of the coolest hours of the day. To prolong the flowering, usually we tend to place them in fairly large pots, so that they have a good amount of soil available in which to develop a nice root system; in addition to this, they are placed in hanging baskets, so that they have an excellent air circulation around the vase, which thus does not rest on the warm ground; and it is essential to water them correctly: each time they are dry, they should be watered thoroughly, obviously avoiding drowning them with very large amounts of water, or leaving them dry for a long time. In fact, even a few hours of too dry soil will cause the foliage to wilt quickly. The loss of the leaves occurs quickly, both when the soil is dry for a long time, and when the watering is really excessive, and the soil is left very wet for a long time.