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Fuchsia 'Checkerboard'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

Fuchsias are great for summer containers and border displays, flowering until the first frosts. 'Checkerboard' is a vigorous, free-flowering variety that has single flowers with long red tubes, red sepals turning white, and dark red skirts (corollas). Its upright habit makes it ideal for training as a standard lollipop-shaped plant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious award of Garden Merit.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Fuchsia

Cultivar: Checkerboard

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 45cm

Flowering period: June to October

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What is the best way to protect this plant over the winter?

Eve Christmas

This is a delightful fuchsia, lovely clean colours and forms a nice shape. Depends on where you are how it survives the cold weather, I've had them survive in a pot on a sheltered patio, covering with fleece on severe frosty nights. However, I generally take cuttings of my favourite fuchsia plants to ensure survival and keep them inside or, now I have my greenhouse, I'm trying some in there. They survived when I lived in Doncaster, but now I'm in East Yorkshire I'm not so confident. Will let you know!!

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