HOW TO PRUNE FUCHSIAS




While fuchsias are mostly native to the tropical or subtropical native regions of South America, there are a significant number of cultivars that are hardy enough to survive the freezing winters of northern European climates. While some cultivars such as the popular Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb' will only reach approximately 50 cm tall when mature, most shrubby forms (when left to their own devices) will reach up to 4 metres.

Although it may seem a little drastic, cut hardy fuchsia species and hybrids down to ground level in November, or (if you miss this key period) in March to April. Alternatively, cut back the stems to a permanent low framework.

In colder, more northerly climates consider apply a dry mulch to help prevent the soil from freezing. The root systems of healthy fushia are surprisingly robust and even reasonable fragments of mature roots can produce new shoots under favourable conditions.

Of course, in milder mediterranean climates hardy fuchsias can be left as they are. But should you wish to prune to reshape your plant or remove any dead or diseased branches this can be done in April or May.

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