'Carmel Blue' - Hardy fuchsias should be planted deep, unlike most other plants -- sink the crown 4 to 6 inches deep. For smaller plants, plant them half the plant height. So if it's 8 inches tall (including the root ball), plant it 4 inches deep. • Use a balanced fertilizer (all three numbers are the same, such as 10-10-10) and some compost. Use a slow-release organic fertilizer and some bone meal, which gets the roots going strong.