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California fuchsia
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

It is important to note that all plants formerly classified under the names Zauschneria californica and Zauschneria arizonica are now properly classified as subspecies and forms of their new species name Epilobium canum. While this makes sense botanically, you\'ll still see them grown and listed as Zauschneria, and so they are listed under both Epilobium canum and Zauschneria californica in this reference. Whatever name you grow them under, the \"California Fuchsias\" are all wonderful drought-tolerant perennials that need little care and provide not only bright garden color and but also food for hummingbirds in late summer and fall. These are rather informal-looking plants which can go dormant with excessive heat or cold; they are best cut back when they get too rangy. Many named varieties are available, ranging from ground-cover types to 2\' tall mounding varieties, with the most spectacular featuring bright orange-red flowers against a background of bright silvery-gray leaves.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1114, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • May
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  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • April
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Fertilize

            Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

        • Prune

            Cut rangy plants back when new growth starts in the spring.

        • Mulch

            Mulch to conserve water use.

      • May
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • June
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • July
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • August
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • September
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Fertilize

            Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

        • Mulch

            Mulch to conserve water use.

      • October
        • Buy

            Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • November
        • Water

            Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

      • December
        • Winter
          • Spring
            • Summer
              • Fall
                • Buy

                  When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • March

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • April

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • May

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • June

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • July

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • August

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • September

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                  • October

                    Buy one-gallon plants from a reputable nursery, or order by mail from a specialty nursery to get the varieties you want.

                • Plant

                  When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • March

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • April

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • May

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • June

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • July

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • August

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • September

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                  • October

                    Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Many varieties look very good in hillside plantings combined with other Mediterranean-climate plants.

                • Sow Seeds

                  When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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                  • Fertilize

                    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

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                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

                    • September

                      Little fertilizer is necessary, but a light feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial this month.

                  • Water

                    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • March

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • April

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • May

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • June

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • July

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • August

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • September

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • October

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                    • November

                      Water young plants regularly during dry periods; established plantings need only twice-a-month watering, but will accept weekly watering in hot climates.

                  • Prune

                    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Cut rangy plants back when new growth starts in the spring.

                  • Mulch

                    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Mulch to conserve water use.

                    • September

                      Mulch to conserve water use.

                  • Protect

                    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

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                    • Pest/Disease Inspection

                      What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                      • Treat for Pest/Disease

                        How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                        • Transplant

                          When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                          • Propagate

                            When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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                            • Harvest

                              When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                              • Special requirements

                                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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