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Red Fuchsia boliviana

The Red Bolivian Fuchsia (Fuchsia boliviana) is an unusual, rare species from the Andes mountains that is absolutely stunning!  All throughout the year, this large, tree-sized Fuchsia sends down super long clusters of 4 inch flowers that are an intense fluorescent red.  After flowering, it makes attractive, red fruits that are tasty!  This is a cool-climate plant, and if you can provide the right conditions, it is easy to grow.

Red 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 a few feet tall if you wish.  Its large stature and oversized leaves give it a great tropical look.  The heaviest show of flowers is in spring, but it can flower almost all year long!  The inch-long 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!

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.

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

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Also see the amazing white form!

 

 

Germination tips for this plant

 

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