Does fuchsia grow wild in Ireland?

The wild fuchsia of Ireland’s hedgerows, especially those of the west of Ireland, is famous and has featured on many a tourist brochure. But the plant is not a native to Ireland, or any other part of the Old World, being an introduction from Chile.

When did fuchsia come to Ireland?

I first saw this plant growing wild in Derrynane, Co Kerry in the early 1950’s and photographed it near Cullenstown, Co Wexford in 2006. The Fuchsia was named after the German botanist, Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566) and is a large genus of shrubs which originated mainly in South America.

What month do you prune fuchsias?

Prune your hardy fuchsias in late March or April once the new growth begins to show. In colder parts of the country, leave it until all risk of frost has passed. Using sharp secateurs to prevent damage, cut back every stem to a pair of leaf buds around 7cm to 10cm above the earth.

How do I overwinter fuchsias UK?

The best thing you can do to over winter fuchsias is to put them into dormancy, which is kind of a rest for plants. The plant will look dead, but it will just be sleeping for the winter. If you do not put the plant into dormancy, it will most likely become infested with pests and have poor growth.

Are fuchsias poisonous to humans?

In fact, all fuchsia fruit are edible and you can eat the flowers too. By all accounts, the berries are lightly tart with lemony freshness. Some foodies compare them to stoneless cherries. Either way, they are not toxic and can be eaten in a variety of ways.

Do fuchsias lose their leaves in winter?

Fuchsias are in fact deciduous perennial shrubs that will normally shed their leaves as the temperature falls during the autumn and then naturally have a period of dormancy during the winter.

Should Fuschias be cut back?

Fuchsias need to be cut back each year to ensure a better flowering display during their blooming season. Pruning will also keep the plant in check and improve the overall health of plants. Fuchsias need specialist treatment to stimulate development and strong growth for when flowers are produced in late summer.

Do you cut back fuchsias in winter?

Pruning isn’t usually necessary, although a light trim in late autumn may be helpful if you live in a windy area. Otherwise, prune lightly in spring, if needed, to reduce height or to remove thin or weak growth. Avoid pruning hardy fuchsia in winter unless you live in a warm, non-freezing climate.

Do fuchsias come back every year?

In fact, fuchsias are tender perennials. This means that you can grow these plants outside if you live in a very warm climate and they will come back year after year. However, in many chillier climates, gardeners grow fuchsias as annuals, planted outside after all risk of frost is passed.

Do fuchsias grow well in pots?

With their spectacular pendent blooms, fuchsias are especially suited to being grown in pots and containers. Most fuchsias will be happy growing in full sun or partial shade. However, baking afternoon sun should be avoided.

Do fuchsias like sun or shade?

Full morning sun for a few hours is excellent for fuchsias, but the hot midday or afternoon sun will bake them. Commercial growers and ardent hobbyists grow profusely blooming specimens in lath or shade houses. Plants also can be placed under high branching trees or overhanging eaves, porches or patio covers.

Do squirrels eat fuchsias?

The smallest squirrels seem most interested. They climb through the flowerpot and pick off a few blossoms and take them to much on.

When do the fuchsia flowers bloom in Ireland?

Fuchsia is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site. All along the roadways of the south-west of Ireland, on slender arching stalks the beautiful Fuchsia flowers colour the hedgerows from July to October with their rich hues.

Where did the fuchsia plant get its name?

Although the fuchsia now grows naturally in Ireland, it is actually native to Central and South America. It is a deciduous plant and was identified by Charles Plumier in the seventeenth century. Plumier named it after the German doctor and botanist Leonhard Fuchs.

Is the fuchsia Irish Wild Flora an alien species?

This is not a native plant – is rather the result of planted hedges which have sent out their ‘escapes’ – but is not regarded as an alien species in the same way as Himalayan Balsam or Japanese Knotweed, having been a familiar sight for a lot longer. It belongs to the family Onagraceae.

When does a fuchsia hedge start to bloom?

The very distinctive bell-shaped flowers of the fuchsia begin to appear in June, and the study branches are weighed down with purple and pink flowers right up to October. It usually grows from one to three metres high, its strong vivid bright flowers making the hedgerows very dramatic.