Fuchsias, with their drooping stems and colourful, dangling flowers, are well suited to hanging baskets. They require a little special care, including cutting back to encourage new growth.
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If you use pruners, make sure they are sharp and clean. Going from plant to plant without cleaning your pruners spreads diseases and insects. Fuchsias have tender stems, and they are easily pruned between a finger and thumb.
In spring, cut back hanging baskets of fuchias by as much as a third. This encourage fresh, vigorous growth. Hybrids tend to be vigorous plants and may need more frequent pruning.
Pinch back the ends of stems to a point just above a pair of leaves. This encourages a compact plant that flowers over its entire surface. Continue pinching new shoots until midsummer. Expect flowers to develop six to eight weeks later.
Deadheading means cutting off faded or spent flowers. This type of pruning encourages fuchsias to use their energy to produce more flowers instead of seeds, resulting in a longer bloom season.
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