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Fuchsia 'Swingtime'

Trailing fuchsia

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Red, White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Sometimes called basket fuchsias, varieties with naturally lax stems are ideal trailing plants for containers. However, in many cases these plants may need to be supported with thin canes or twigs for growing as a bush in the open ground. The final shape of the plant often depends on pinching out the tips of shoots quite early to encourage bushy growth. 'Swingtime' is one of the best red and white trailing kinds, almost hardy and very free-branching with prolific flowers. It may be trained as a standard or even espalier for pot culture indoors or outside on the patio. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Fuchsia

Cultivar: Swingtime

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red, White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to take cuttings: March to May

Flowering period: June to October


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