El Camino, also known as Fuchsia hybrida, is a tender perennial native to Central and South America. This variety offers a trailing habit of 18-24" tall and wide, with large double red and pink flowers early summer through fall. Perennial in zone 9-11, this plant grows as an annual or overwintered indoors in colder climates. Attractive to pollinators, especially hummingbirds, Fuchsia excels in hanging baskets and containers in full sun to partial shade. With regular watering, enjoy this plant's tropical blooms and vibrant color all season. Create a stunning show of color by pairing El Camino with Corabells Rose Purple.
El Camino Selling Tips
Sell El Camino to customers looking for a unique flower to attract pollinators to the porch or patio. Customers will love this plant's vibrant color and the hummingbirds and bees it brings to the landscape in containers or hanging baskets. In warm climates, Fuchsia also excels in landscape borders. Create a stunning array of color in poolside or patio containers or tropical landscapes by pairing this plant with Hosta, Lobelia, Begonia, and Heuchera.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 18-24" apart in well-drained soil in a sunny or partly sunny location.
2. Water once per week or more often in dry, hot weather. Fertilize once per week.
3. This plant is perennial in zone 9-11 and can overwinter indoors in colder regions. Remove spent blooms and store containers in a cool, dry place before the first frost until after the last frost in spring. Fuchsia can be a little fussy indoors, attracting mites and aphids.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with El Camino, plant one rooted liner per 4- or 6-inch container. Use a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5, EC of 0.6-0.9 (2:1), average daily temperatures of 65-72, and light feed (150-200 ppm N). Pinch once at transplant. This plant doesn't require PGRs. Apply moderate water and look out for rust. You may see aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.
Large, double, red and pink flowers bloom from early summer through fall.
Pinch once at transplant.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base of each plant.
This plant doesn't require PGRs.
You may see aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.
Fuchsia can be prone to rust, a fungal infection that thrives in moist conditions and primarily affects the plant's appearance. Take a few basic preventative measures to keep your plants looking healthy.
1. Water at the base of each plant in the morning, allowing the soil to dry between waterings and avoiding getting foliage and flowers wet.
2. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse. We recommend using horizontal airflow fans.
3. Grow your plants in bright light. Sunshine is great at killing fungus!
Look here for more tips on preventing disease in your greenhouse.
Planting El Camino Liners
We recommend planting one rooted plug per 4- or 6-inch container. Use a well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot in the center of the container. Pinch once at transplant.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Fuchsia El Camino Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||8-10 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Summer|
|Light||Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 9-11|