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How to cut back a fuchsia plant

Updated February 21, 2017

A fuchsia plant is often treated as an annual because it tends to bloom and grow well only in its first season. Fortunately, if you get in the habit of cutting back or pruning your fuchsia plant regularly, the plant will continue to bloom well each season. Besides cutting back your fuchsia plant, remember that it needs regular watering, daily misting during hot summers and fertilising every couple of weeks.

Leave the plant alone through the winter and wait for new green growth to appear, typically in February or March.

Cut back the plant so that only 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) remains above the soil. Use sharp clippers or pruning shears. Make clean, straight cuts.

Pinch off green tips as they grow. Just use your fingers and pinch off every new tip that grows. This will encourage more growth and blooms. As a general rule, for every tip you pinch off, two more will grow in its place. Stop after about six weeks and allow the fuchsia to grow full and lush.

Pinch or clip off any seed pods. This will keep the plants blooming. This typically happens in early summer.

Pinch or clip off the blooms and some of the stems in August, as the days get hot. Continue to care for your plant and it will probably bloom again in the autumn.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers or pruning shears
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.