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Bolivian Fuchsia

The Bolivian Fuchsia (Fuchsia boliviana) is an unusual, rare species from the Andes mountains that is truly amazing!  All throughout the year, this large, tree-sized Fuchsia sends down super long clusters of 4 inch flowers in a stunning combination of pure white and fluorescent red.  The trumpet-shaped blooms open progressively down the cluster over several months, followed by tasty, green fruits!  If you can provide the right conditions for this cool-climate plant, it is easy to grow.

Fuchsia boliviana

The Bolivian Fuchsia is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to around 15 feet tall, although you can prune it to any size you wish.  Its large stature and oversized leaves give it a great tropical look.  It can flower almost all year long!  The fruits taste sort of like Kiwi or grapes, but are less sweet.  While they're not as sweet as typical fruits, they're fun to munch on whenever passing by!  Birds love them!

Fuchsia boliviana alba

It comes from cool cloud forests, where days are mild and nights are cool but frost-free.  It might not thrive if temperatures consistently get above 85 F (29C), especially if nights are warm (over 65F / 18C) It can only handle a few degrees of frost, so it's best to protect it from frost.  It prefers filtered sun, or morning sun + bright shade.  It doesn't need much direct sun to thrive, just bright light.  Over about 40% humidity is best.  Use a typical well-draining soil and keep it evenly moist.  This species is resistant to Fuchsia mites.

Bolivian Fuchsia

 

Unfortunately, fake seeds of it are common, especially from China.  I guarantee that my plants and seeds are genuine.

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Bolivian Fuchsia

Also see the gorgeous red form!

 

 

Detailed growing tips for this plant

 

 

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