Fuchsia 'Willie Tamerus'

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Fuchsia 'Willie Tamerus'

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(Willie Tamerus Fuchsia) Pale salmon sepals flare out like elegant tutus over the rosy red-orange corollas of long-tubed Fuchsia ‘Willie Tamerus’. The blossoms drip so gracefully from the lax foliage  that  this petite hybrid is an ideal hanging basket plant.

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Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Willie Tamerus Fuchsia
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 12"/24"/12"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Full sun to partial shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Rich and well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Average
Pot size This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml. Standard
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Willie Tamerus Fuchsia) Pale salmon sepals flare out like elegant tutus over the rosy red-orange corollas of long-tubed Fuchsia ‘Willie Tamerus’. The blossoms drip so gracefully from the lax foliage  that  this petite hybrid is an ideal hanging basket plant.

Willie was hybridized in 1981 by a mysterious (at least to us) Dutch fuchsia specialist named A. Tamerus, many of whose creations are listed in the American Fuchsia Society’s Registry. Most appear to be named after family members but none led us to the hybridizer. So, we are crying uncle or, perhaps, grandmother, grandfather, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, nephew, niece, or, of course, auntie. If anyone out there is familiar with A. Tamerus, please send us a note.

Nevertheless, Fuchsia ‘Willie Tamerus’ is a fine addition for your garden family if you have the growing conditions to meet its needs. Give it rich, well-drained potting mix. In areas where winter temperatures are moderate and it can survive as a deciduous perennial, you might want to try planting Willie Tamerus in loamy soil atop a retaining wall over which it can languorously dangle.  Keep it moist but not soggy and provide full sun to partial shade. A location with morning sun and afternoon shade is particularly good and should help Willie attract hungry hummingbirds.

Fuchsias are Western Hemisphere species native to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Mexico and Central America, and South America. Britain’s early 19th century love affair with hybrid Fuchsias spread throughout Europe and around the world to California by the 1850s.