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Lena Trailing Fuchsia Fuchsia hybrid

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
8" 2'
Height: 4" - 8"
Spread: 18" - 2'
Proven Selections
  • Details


    Lovely ivory-pink sepals and blue corollas bloom spring to fall

    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    4 - 8 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes and containers

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Keeping a fuchsia over the winter can be a challenge, but here are some ideas that will help you be successful.

    1. Fuchsia likes humidity, so using a pebble tray under the plant will help to maintain a cloud of humidity around the plant. Indoors in the winter the air is usually very dry because of the heating system in your home, a pebble tray will really help the plants. A pebble tray is just a shallow dish full of pebbles and water that the plant sits on (not in the water).
    2. High light is good, essential for good growth over the winter, but avoid a hot dry window where the plant cooks during the winter. In general the brighter the better for most windows just check to make sure it is not burning the plant.
    3. Keep an eye out for spider mites, they are going to be your biggest problem. You can see them forming webs between the leaves and the leaves themselves will get a silvery look to them as the infestation gets worse. You can prevent them with frequent washing of the plant (put the plant in the shower under a gentle mist about every third watering), misting the plant will also help, but you may need to resort to some kind of organic insecticide to keep the worst infestations under control.
    4. Over the winter keep removing any stems that start to die and remove all those berries once they begin to wither as they are actually stealing nutrients from the plant, but you can leave them on for awhile if you like them.
    5. On watering and fertilizing: Generally fuchsia likes to be moist at all times but not soggy, so watch to make sure the plant does not dry out too much. Fertilizing every 6-8 weeks with half strength fertilizer should be fine to keep the plant healthy.
    6. Your local state extension service will likely have a lot of good information on over-wintering houseplants as well, so check their website to see if they can answer questions that are local to your garden!
  • 1 Review

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • My first fuchsia basket, and my first fuchsia of any type for that matter. I've always wanted a fuchsia basket to hang next to my north-facing-front-door ever since I moved to Seattle some years ago. This year, I caught a mother's day sale at a local hardware store, mind you it wasn't my son who finally got it for me, and I am so very happy! All I did was to try to pick a basket that looked full/balanced without too many blooms already hanging low. I cut back on long branches that got bruised on the trip home although they had flowers/buds on them. And after a week, the buds on the trailing branches that survived are opening up gorgeously, and the top of the basket is filling in thicker and rounder with new buds. What a furious and miraculous plant... After doing some online searches, I'm pretty sure my fuchsia is 'Lena'--I so love the colors and forms of its flowers as if it's saying "I know what I'm doing" compared to some other varieties I find images of online and those I opted out of while shopping. So, it's fuchsia 'Lena' that commands my respect. I thought basket fuchsias were 'throw away plants,' as in annuals, but I'm learning something new at my age that they are actually perennials. Now I'm very excited to care for this plant so it'll continue to show off its life's beauty even after this season. I'm simply so very impressed.

      , Washington
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
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