Fuchsia 'Blue Mirage' - Semi-trailing - Plant
Plant Fuchsia 'Blue Mirage' in a large pot or planter with holes in the base. Cover the bottom with a layer of gravel or hydro granules to provide adequate drainage. Use fresh potting compost to ensure profuse flowering. Sprinkle the compost into the pot and place the fuchsia at the correct depth. Fill with compost and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. This plant grows well in a shady or semi-shady area.Fuchsia 'Blue Mirage' looks wonderful in a planter
The huge double flowers of the Fuchsia 'Blue Mirage' are a top patio variety and create a fabulous feature in a mixed flower pot or patio container. The flowers of up to 10 cm in diameter blend well with other Fuchsias, Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) and foliage plants such as the Ivy. With porous pots use a plastic inner pot to prevent the soil from drying out too quickly.
Fuchsias are one of the most popular patio plants. They are one of the few flowering plants that also grow in semi-shade while flowering profusely. This plant is native to mountain rain forests around the equator and is named after the famous botanist Leonhart Fuchs. The large-flowered Fuchsia varieties we know in the garden have all been specially developed. There are over 8,000 types of Fuchsia - single-flowered, semi-double or double-flowered. The sepals of Fuchsia are always beautifully coloured, usually in a different shade to the petals.
Fuchsias require a lot of water in the summer. Always keep the compost fairly moist. However, do not allow the roots to become water-logged. Protect the plants from very bright sunshine. For an extra rich bloom, we recommend adding plant food on a regular basis when watering. Regularly remove the dead flowers plus the seed ball and this will encourage your fuchsia to continue to flower all summer long.Keeping Fuchsia over the winter
'Blue Mirage' fuchsias cannot tolerate frost. However, you can protect them. They need to be transferred to a frost-free place before the first frost and kept in a cool place at a minimum of 5-10° C in an unheated greenhouse, shed or garage. Here the plants will be kept just above freezing and go into dormancy. Prune the branches to half their size and remove all their leaves. Make sure the compost is not too dry during the winter.
Fuchsias can also be overwintered in pits. Dig a 60 cm deep pit in the garden and lay mulch on the bottom. Place the pots in the pit and sprinkle with compost. Cover the pit with a layer of plastic so the pots do not get wet.
In April transfer the fuchsias to a slightly larger pot using fresh potting compost. Then place them in a warm spot and water regularly. From mid-May onwards, your fuchsias can be planted outside again.