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protecting my fuchsias

Posted by Puddleduck1 none (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 11, 13 at 14:51

I live in Paradise California and have fuchsias growing in my garden and doing well. Some are large and some just starts. I just love them. We do have hot weather 90+ and we also get snow. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can protect them over the winter especially my large plants? I was thinking of making some cages and wrapping the cages with some kind of cloth. If anyone has done this and has pictures I would really appreciate it.

Janet


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RE: protecting my fuchsias

  • Posted by pwin 8a (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 13, 13 at 18:46

It depends if yours are hardy to your climate or not. If you have hardy fuchsias, planting them in the ground a couple of inches below the soil level of the pot will help protect the rootball. Apply mulch as well. Check out the NW Fuchsia Society page under "Hardy Fuchsia List". http://www.nwfuchsiasociety.com/hardies/hardyfuchsias.htm

I haven't tried what you intend to do, though it sounds interesting. I have a few tenders (zone 9) planted that I plan to overwinter, as an experiment, by using the technique shown in the link below. I'll see how well it works.

I used to live in zone 6, and although my hardies died down in winter, they did return in May and fill out. I didn't mulch, but they survived. If I had protected them better, I'm sure they would have come back sooner.

Here is a link that might be useful: Banana Tree Overwintering


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