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Fuchsia tincta

This is a close look at the rare Fuchsia tincta from the Andes Mountains in Peru.  This beautiful species blooms almost all year long, with lots of vibrant pink and orange blooms that are followed by edible fruit.  It is a robust plant, with tall, upright growth about the height of a person.  This species is very rare in cultivation, and fresh seeds might not be available elsewhere online.

Fuchsia tincta

Fuchsia tincta is a handsome evergreen species that grows to about 6 feet tall here in San Francisco.  The blooms appear in clusters around leaf joints near the upper part of the branches.  The plant usually has flowers on it most months of the year, with the heaviest show from spring through autumn.  The 2 inch blooms have a deep-pink tube and are tipped with orange petals.  After pollination by hummingbirds or bees, it makes purple fruit that is edible, with a lightly-sweet flavor.  The plant might be able to be cross-bred with some related Fuchsia species to create new hybrids.

Fuchsia tincta

Like most Fuchsia species, it prefers mild daytime temperatures and cool nights.  It can tolerate warm days provided that nights are cool.  I have no information on whether if it will thrive in temperatures that regularly get above 85 degrees F (29 C) with nights above 65 degrees F (18 C).  I also don't know if it can survive temperatures below freezing.  It enjoys filtered sunlight, and should be given protection from strong afternoon sun.  It grows well in a pot in a well-draining soil that is kept moist, similar to other Fuchsias.  Over about 40-50% humidity is recommended.  In the right conditions, it is easy to grow.  This species is resistant to Fuchsia mites.

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