Bella Fuchsia ®
The fuchsia is a garden plant with a very long and interesting history. The distinctive flowers come in a variety of beautiful two-tone colours. Fuchsia plants are relatively easy to take care of and their flowers grow abundantly all summer long. With the right care you can admire the colourful teardrop shapes of your Fuchsia, often up until November. Bella Fuchsia ® is a selection of new Fuchsia varieties with excellent growth and performance characteristics.
The botanical name fuchsia is named after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566). In 1533 he was invited by Duke Ulrich of Württemberg to come to the university of Tübingen (Germany), where he started teaching medicine in 1535. In the same year he also started an educational botanical garden next to his own house. This was particularly impressive back then because this was one of the first botanical gardens for educational purposes in the whole of Europe. That is why Leonhart Fuchs is now widely regarded as one of the main founders of the science of plant life, also called botany, plant biology or phytology.
The plant species fuchsia was named after Fuchs in 1703 by the explorer Charles Plumier. Plumier was a specialist in the field of flora and discovered a considerable number of plants in South America. He was the first to name plants after the individuals who discovered or intensively studied them. He named the fuchsia plant after Leonhart Fuchs, the begonia plant after Michel Bégon, the lobelia plant after Matthias de Lobel and the magnolia plant after Pierre Magnol.
Hendriks Young Plants
In the Southwest of the Netherlands you will find a region called Westland, which is the epicentre of the international greenhouse cultivation sector. In this innovative region many family businesses are specialized in floriculture. The Hendriks family has grown fuchsia plants for three generations. In 1947 Hendriks Young Plants was founded by Jan Hendriks. In the early years he grew both vegetables and flowers. In 1970, his sons Hans and Fred Hendriks started specializing in growing fuchsia plants and regal pelargoniums. Today, the third generation is proud to be part of the successful family business.
For decennia, fuchsia plants have been an integral part of the DNA of the Hendriks family. Over the years, the range of fuchsia varieties has been extended to more than 100 varieties. It seemed logical that the next step would be the breeding of new fuchsia varieties. Although fuchsias are thankful garden plants, traditional fuchsia varieties don’t bloom until late in the season and often their flowers are hidden inside the plant. We wanted to improve this situation.
After years of breeding, we successfully introduced Bella Fuchsia in 2014. Today, we offer 15 Bella Fuchsia varieties that carry the names of our breeders and employees, their wives and daughters. Bella Fuchsia varieties have abundant flowers that bloom on average two weeks earlier than traditional fuchsia varieties.
Bella Fuchsia flowers don’t hide inside the plant, they proudly present themselves to the outside world. Bella Fuchsias have ideal characteristics for the shop floor and have also proven their value in various show gardens. We regularly receive very positive feedback about the performance of Bella Fuchsias in gardens. Flowers all summer long!