Getting started - Your plant was grown in filtered light, so it should be acclimated to direct sun slowly, over a period of a couple weeks. Keep in mind that this plant doesn't need a lot of sun to be happy.
Transplanting - Transplant gently to avoid damaging the delicate roots. Use well-drained soil. Regular high-potting soil should work, or you may use a mix of well-decomposed compost and perlite in equal amounts. Transplant to a 1 or 2 gallon pot and water it in, but don't pack the soil down.
Watering - Fuchsia boliviana likes moist soil, but it shouldn't be perpetually soggy either. Water whenever the soil is about halfway dry down where the roots are. I recommend using a moisture meter probe to monitor the soil moisture. You can buy this at garden and hardware stores for about $4. You simply stick the probe in the soil at the level where the roots are, and water whenever the needle is halfway across the dial. Never let the pot dry out, but don't let it sit in a tray of water either. I recommend using bottled or spring water until the plant ha grown another foot.
Feeding - Your Fuchsia likes average fertilizing. Feed once a month during periods of active growth, using an ordinary complete vegetable fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended dose. Avoid overfeeding it. If some of the older leaves turn yellow and drop, this is usually a sign that the plant may need more fertilizer (nitrogen). If the newer growth should turn yellow with green veins, the pH of your tap water is probably too high. Switch to bottled water if this occurs. It's normal for the growing tips to appear a little reddish or yellow-green initially.
Repotting - Repot your plant to a larger container whenever the roots start circling around the bottom of the container, or after 2-4 months.
Growing outdoors - Fuchsia boliviana prefers filtered sunlight. Morning sun + late afternoon shade is fine, as is tree-filtered sunlight all day. The plant prefers moderate temperatures and cool nights. The ideal temps would be between 60 and 80 during the day, and 45 to 65 at night. In warmer areas, give the plants mid-day shade, and don't place them near a wall where heat can collect. Keep the pot shaded to avoid overheating the roots, and mulch heavily to keep the soil moist. Black pots are not recommended. You may plant them in the ground in mild-winter areas, such as along the Pacific coast. Protect the plants from all frost. You can grow your plant indoors for the winter if necessary. If the air is too dry (under 50% humidity) you may need to use a room humidifier.
Pests to watch for - whitefly, aphids, scale (little lumps on the stems or leaves), mealybugs, and possibly spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves).
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Have fun growing it!
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