The Bolivian Fuchsia (Fuchsia boliviana) is an unusual, rare species from the Andes mountains that is truly amazing! All throughout the year, this large, tree-sized Fuchsia sends down super long clusters of 4 inch flowers in a stunning combination of fluorescent red and pure white. The trumpet-shaped blooms open progressively down the cluster over several months, and are followed by tasty, green fruits! This is a cool-climate plant, and if you can provide the right conditions, it is easy to grow.
The Bolivian Fuchsia is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to around 15 feet tall, although you can prune it to a few feet tall if you wish. Its large stature and oversized leaves give it a great tropical look. It flowers for me almost all year long! The inch-long fruits taste sort of like kiwi or grapes, but are less sweet. While they're not as sweet as typical fruits, they're fun to munch on whenever passing by! Birds love them!
It comes from cool cloud forests, where days are mild and nights are cool but frost-free. It might not thrive if temperatures consistently get above 85°F (29°C), especially if nights are warm (over 65°F / 18°C). It can only handle a few degrees of frost, so it's best to protect it from frost. It prefers filtered sun, or morning sun + bright shade. It doesn't need much direct sun to thrive, just bright light. Over about 40% humidity is best. Use a well-draining soil and keep it evenly moist. This species is resistant to Fuchsia mites.
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