Fuchsia for Standard Training

Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Claudia’ (Sinton 2000) – This trailing fuchsia features fully double blooms of matching pale rose pink sepals and a ruffled corolla, emerging from white buds shaded pink on top and tipped in green. ‘Claudia’ is a prolific bloomer and also makes a good hanging basket specimen. It takes an average of 18 months to train a full fuchsia standard (1.5-3′ stem). Hardy to zone 9.

Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Rocket Fire’ (Garrett 1989) (syn. CALIFORNIA DREAMERS Rocket Fire) – This semi-trailing form has huge double blooms of hot pink sepals and a flamed magenta-purple corolla with white streaks. ‘Rocket Fire’ has a strong growth habit and blooms heavily from June to October. Fertilize regularly to ensure a good flower display. Hardy to zone 9.

Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Harry Gray’ (Dunnett 1981) – This cross of F. ‘La Campanella’ and F. ‘Powder Puff’ features double blooms of pale pink sepals and corolla. ‘Harry Gray’ has dark green foliage with red stems and forms a dense canopy with minimal pinching. It works well as a hanging basket specimen and has a primary flowering season of April to August. Hardy to zone 9.

Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Bicentennial’ (Paskesen 1976) – A trailing fuchsia with huge fully double blooms of salmon-orange sepals and a bright magenta corolla flamed in coral – very eye-catching and unusual, even for a fuchsia. ‘Bicentennial’ also works well in hanging baskets and has a primary flowering period of June to October. Hardy to zone 9.

Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Lena Dalton’ (Reimers 1953) – This upright fuchsia has double flowers of pale pink sepals and a lavender-blue corolla. Its peak blooming period is from April to August and it has a bushy growth habit, responding well to pinching. Protect from afternoon sun and be sure to overwinter in a cool greenhouse or unheated garage with minimal watering. Hardy to zone 9.

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