Fuchsia splendens – Fruit Bearing Fuchsia
Fuchsia splendens, Fruiting Fuchsia, is a deciduous, bushy, fruit bearing shrub that grows to about 1.5 meters tall and 1 meter wide. The plant is hardy to mild frosts but hard frosts could kill the main stems or roots, but they are often able to recover. Fuchsia splendens is an epiphytic plant, growing on the moss-covered branches of trees, cloud forest, moist oak and pine woods at elevations of 2,000 – 3,400 metres in parts of Southern Mexico.
The leaves are a little lighter, duller and larger than many of the more well-known Fuchsia’s. Flowers, summer to autumn, are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) pollinated by insects and might be borne for the majority of the year, depending on location, rose to bright red tubes with green sepals.
Fuchsia splendens Fruit
Fruits of Fuchsia splendens are juicy berries, skinny, tubelike and some of the largest (if not the largest) of the Fuchsia’s. They may grow to 5cm long and 1cm wide or more, having a tart lemony-spice flavour. The fruit is ripening, soft to touch with a whitish colour, a few months after flowering. It is consumed fresh or made into jam.
Fuchsia splendens Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is by seed, which average up to 6 weeks to germinate, best sown as soon as it is ripe. Cuttings are also another effective common means of propagation. The plant grows best in shade or part-shade. It needs protection from hot temperatures 30C and in warmer areas it should be kept in a sheltered location. Needs regular water but is not too particular about soil type, so long as it is well-drained.
This fruit bearing fuchsia is commonly grown as an ornamental for its attractive flowers, but is also of value for its edible fruits. It likes well-drained, compost-rich soil & resents high heat & drought. The Plant is very susceptible to white fly. Fuchsia splendens is a member of the family onagraceae the genus Fuchsia.
Fuchsia splendens, Fruit Bearing Fuchsia
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