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Fuchsia ( Jack Shahan Fuchsia )

‘Jack Shahan’ is a free-flowering trailer with branches reaching 24 inches in length. The leaves are mid-green and heart shaped. It bears large, single, pendular flowers on terminal racemes with pale rose-pink tubes and sepals and rose-pink corollas. Fruit are deep purple. Fuchsias prefer partial shade and should never dry out. They love water and cooler summer temperatures, making them a favorite for the Pacific Northwest. They are also heavy feeders. Feed with a quick release, water soluble fertilizer every other week during the bloom season. When planting fuchsia, start them from transplants around mid-spring. Many gardeners transplant fuchsia around Easter. Soil should be high in organic matter have both excellent water holding and drainage capability. Normally you would plant 4 to 5 transplants in the average size hanging basket. Pinch terminal buds to insure a bushier plant. Once grown, you can still pinch or lightly prune if plant becomes too leggy. Planting all of the same variety in one basket makes a much nicer show. Mulch heavily where winters are cold. Prune back dead or broken branches in spring, especially on plants that were left outside in areas with mild winters. Cooler summer temperatures make Fuchsias a favorite for the Pacific Northwest.