HOW TO GROW FUCHSIA 'AUTUMNALE'

Fuchsia 'Autumnale'

Fuchsia austromontana 'Autumnale' is a half-hardy, evergreen subshrub and arguably the most attractive of all the ornamental foliage effect fuchsia cultivars. Its species name 'austromontana' means southern mountains, a reference to the Peruvian Andes from where the type species was first collected. The cultivar name is self-explanatory referring to the 'autumnal colours' of its foliage.

Fuchsia 'Autumnale' flowers
Originating from the cloud forests of Peru and Bolivia, Fuchsia 'Autumnale' will not be hardy enough to overwinter outside in the cooler climates of northern Europe. It will not tolerate frosts or freezing conditions, therefore bring under protection once temperatures begin to drop below 7 degrees. Alternatively, take cuttings and propagate new stock under protection for the following spring. Overwintered species just need to be kept moist. Do not allow the compost to dry out completely and avoid waterlogging.

It is noted for its green, coppery-orange foliage, which turns an increasingly vibrant dark red, coral pink and gold as the growing season progresses. If conditions are warm enough slender-tubed deep rose-red flowers with purple petals will be produced in the summer.

Fuchsia 'Autumnale' will require a sheltered position in a moist, but well-drained soil. It will perform best in full sun or a semi-shaded position. Apply a liquid soluble, balanced fertiliser once a month during the growing season. It has a prostrate habit which makes it a popular choice for ground-cover and hanging baskets.

Fuchsia austromontana 'Autumnale' received the Award of Garden merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural society in 2002.

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