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pruning fuchsia

Posted by joyce712 New Jersey (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 22, 09 at 15:39

I did not know I should have pruned my fuchsia in the fall. I have 2 fuchsia plants in hanging baskets, I brought them in the house during the winter. I now have what looks like dead twigs with new light green sprouts and flowers coming out of them. Can I prune them down now? If I prune them now will they grow this season?

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RE: pruning fuchsia

I grow a lot of fushias, and overwinter some of them. To overwinter, you prune most of the living green stuff off, (save them for new plants), then keep the fushia plant in a place with not a lot of light, and just enough moisture to keep it from dying. The little green sprouts will be a fushia. First, take it out of the pot, shake all old soil off, prune any dead wood out. Any dead roots, cut out. Then repot, and fertilize once a week, or use something like Oscomote. The saved fushias bloom about a mo. later than a new one from the store. That is why you make your own cuttings in late fall, so you will have a good start on plants. I do my cuttings in soil, keep damp. The cuttings are about 4-5 in. long. I am sure you will find directions online on how to do.

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