Fuchsias produce exotic blooms in every colour but yellow and blue. These flowers have a long flowering period, as they begin blooming in early summer and continue to flower until the first autumn frost. Fuchsias cannot tolerate extended periods of frost, although they need a cool, winter dormant period to bloom early. If fuchsias don't experience cold dormancy, they flower later in the summer and have a shorter blooming period. Proper winter care ensures you get the longest flowering period and that the plants suffer no frost damage.
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Cut back the fuchsia plant once the foliage begins dying back following the first autumn frost. Remove all leaves and cut the stems to within 2.5 cm of the soil surface.
Bring potted fuchsias indoors and place them in a 4C to 7C area, such as in a garage or basement.
Water the soil around the fuchsia every three to four weeks. Provide just enough water to keep the soil slightly moist so that it isn't completely dry.
Move the fuchsia to a warm, brightly lit area once new growth begins appearing in late winter. Water the plant more frequently, keeping the soil thoroughly moistened but not soggy.
Tips and warnings
- Fuchsias rarely die if they aren't watered during the winter dormant period, but lack of winter water causes delayed blooming.
- If you leave fuchsias outdoors in a garden bed during the winter months, cover them with a 8 cm layer of mulch. The mulch helps maintain soil temperature and prevents freeze damage.
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