cutting back last year's fuchsias

crazyforcorelli(z5 utah)May 4, 2006

I overwintered a large number of fuchsia indoors, and many of them lost a great number of leaves, esp. at the base of the plant.

Now that the weather has improved, IÂm starting to move them back outside. IÂd like to cut them back to encourage new growth, but IÂm not sure how to proceed given the paucity of leaves. Do I need to leave some leaves on the plant to facilitate photosynthesis, or should I lop them all off? If I leave them on, I wonÂt be able to cut much off several of them....

Any advice will be appreciated!

-Crazy

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rain1950(W. WA z8)

Cut back any dead branches first. Let any new growth come at least to a six leaf stage then just pinch out the tips to encourage branching. Let andy side branching get to 4 - 6 inches befor tip pinching. It will take any branch about 6 weeks to bloom after pinching.

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