When to prune fuchsia bushes – 6 helpful hints for keeping your landscape in tip-top shape
FUCHSIAS are a fantastic summertime plant because of their vibrant colors, but when should these sub-shrubs be pruned?
Each year, fuchsias should be pruned to ensure a greater flowering display during their blooming season. Pruning helps to keep plants in check and improves their general health. Fuchsias require special management to help them develop and grow robust enough to produce flowers in the late summer.
Fuchsias are gorgeous plants with hanging blossoms in a rainbow of colors.
They bloom over the most of the summer and don’t require a lot of attention.
Pruning your fuchsia flowers on a regular basis helps keep them looking vibrant and blooming at their best.
These easy-to-grow deciduous shrubs bloom from mid-summer onwards.
Fuchsia plants are fairly self-sufficient in terms of water once planted.
If the weather is very dry, they may require additional watering to keep the compost moist but not soaked.
Fuchsias come in hardy and sensitive varieties, each requiring particular care.
Tender fuchsias require shelter throughout the winter months, whilst hardy fuchsias may live outside.
Hardy fuchsias that are kept outside in the garden throughout the winter should be left alone.
During the colder months, you should leave any old growth in place to protect the crown of the plant.
Allowing the plant to go dormant over the winter reduces the possibility of disease transmission through cut wounds.
Once new growth appears in late March or April, hardy fuchsias should be pruned.
If you live in a colder section of the UK, make sure you wait until the threat of frost has gone before cutting back the plant.
To avoid injury, trim the plant back using sharp secateurs.
Every stem should be pruned to a pair of leaf buds about 2.75 to 4 inches above the ground.
Tender fuchsias that need to be covered for the winter should be lifted by the end of September, well before the first frost of the season.
After that, the plants will need to be potted and pruned back by half.
Make sure to get rid of as many leaves as you can.
When spring approaches, make careful to trim all poor growth and cut all stems back to the lowest pair of healthy buds.