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( Tom West Fuchsia )
|'Tom West' is a rigid trailing variety with green and cream variegated, cerise-veined folliage, that turns pink if exposed to sunlight. It bears small, single flowers with red tubes and sepals and purple corollas. This variety makes a great ground cover or works well in container, hanging baskets, or planted so that it may cascade over walls. Fuchsias prefer partial shade and should never dry out. 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.
Important Info : Does not tolerate drought, high humidity, and high summer heat.
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