Hardy Fuchsia pruning

leena1947September 23, 2013

I have a two-year old hardy fuchsia (I think it is a Sharpitor) that grew three five-foot, one inch thick canes this year. It's blooming prolifically. How do I prune it next spring? Does it bloom on new or old wood?
Thank you for any advise.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

New, as you can see looking at it right now - if it bloomed on old wood only there wouldn't have been any flowers on all the growth made since spring.

If too arborescent for you cut down low early next spring. I wouldn't cut it back half way as that won't look good afterward - start it over or leave it as it is.

If there's a few bigger stems you don't like but the rest is acceptable just cut those and leave the rest.

Next you have to see what is left in the spring, if it gets cold enough most of the top may go back on its own anyway.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 12:12AM
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gardengal48

Hardy fuchsias tend to leaf out rather late. It is generally recommended not to prune them back hard until you see the new growth budding well into midspring.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 2:51PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I would not prune them right now. Wait til spring.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 4:07AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

You leave the top on for the winter, then cut or don't cut when you see new growth coming - and can tell if any of the held-over growth died back. Since the one you have is an F. magellanica it may hold most of the top for multiple years in a row - it all depends on how cold it gets each year - on your planting site.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 10:35PM
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leena1947

Thank you all for great advice! I'll leave them be till next spring and wait till I see new growth. I would like the fuchsia to stay about the size it is now. It really looks like a three-stemmed little tree!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 2:17PM
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