How to cut back fuchsias

Written by bridget kelly
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Fuschias are charming flowering shrubs that enjoy shady areas, moist soil and temperatures between 12.8 and 26.7 degrees Celsius. They have few care requirements, but pruning is the most important if you hope to have a productive flowering season. The two main reasons for cutting back a fuchsia, according to the experts at the American Fuchsia Society, are to produce more flowers and to shape the shrub. Prune the fuchsia while it is dormant.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears
  • Small scissors

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  1. 1

    Water and fertilise the fuchsia two days before you plan on pruning. Use the amount of water and fertiliser that you normally do.

  2. 2

    Rejuvenate the fuchsia by cutting the entire plant to within 8 inches of the soil.

  3. 3

    Cut dead and weak stems to a main stem or to the soil. If there is still healthy wood on the stem, make the cut 1/2 inch above a bud.

  4. 4

    Reduce the fuchsia plant's height to where you want it. Fuchsias bloom on new wood, so don't be afraid to prune hard.

  5. 5

    Cut side branches back by two thirds.

  6. 6

    Pinch off, or use small scissors to remove the third set of leaves on all new stems. Make the pinch, or cut, immediately behind the new set of leaves. This encourages the fuchsia to produce additional branches, which gives you more flowers.

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