Fuchsia ('Nufu1') ELECTRIC LIGHTS™

Fuchsia ('Nufu1')
Fuchsia ('Nufu1') ELECTRIC LIGHTS™
hardy fuchsia
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF FLOWERS combined:purple red and deep purple
BLOOMING TIME July - October
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6b   (down to -21°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
Summer blooms
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Fuchsias are back in fashion these days, mainly because more and more countries are testing the so-called hardy fuchsias which are aimed to live outdoors, in garden beds and borders. They are usually magellanica hybrids and we are so happy to confirm they do well in continental Euro, too.

ELECTRIC LIGHTS™ is a new hardy fuchsia introduction from Australia, bred by Graham Noel Brown in 2001 and patented in 2008 under PP19280. The name is very true since the flowers are like the most striking rear breaking lights combined with a passing police car – what the heck of a description of a flower :-) Now, seriously: the upper sepals are rich fuchsia purple and the lower tube is deep violet blue. They contrast beautifully with deep green background of handsome foliage. This variety is compact but not too dwarf – it forms and upright and lightly outwardly spreading habit. Flowering begins in late June and peaks in late summer, usually in late August and early September when the plant is literally covered with flowers.

Grow hardy fuchsias in full sun or partial shade. They need moisture from spring until they become dormant so water them freely. Mulching is recommended. However, in winter they should be kept away from wet snow and rain. Use an old plastic pot to put onto the plant upside down before the autumn rains come to keep the soil around the plant dry. Cover the plant with dry leaves or mulch and put the pot upside down onto the plant. Make sure it has holes for air circulation. Remove the pot in March and uncover the plant from mulch only after frosts. Cut back young plants, or trim lightly older plants.

Hardy outdoor fuchsias need to be grown in full sun or minimum shade. They need moisture from spring until they become dormant so water them freely. Mulching is recommended. It is true that they hate winter wet yet they should not dry out in long and dry winters. They are not fussy about soil pH. They need well-drained, humus-rich soil. Hardiness oscillates around -23°C.

Last update 29-09-2016

Fuchsia magellanica
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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