Fuchsias are unlike many other plants because most of their beauty comes from underneath with their ornament like blossoms which makes them great for pots or hanging baskets. They are also great in the shade and provide tons of colour.
Step By Step Guide To Taking Fuchsia Cuttings
The best way to over winter some plants is as cuttings and this is a good time of year to do this. Choose branches that have no flowers and remove the lower leaves. Then pop them in compost and keep frost free. In the Spring they can be repotted and hey presto! You have new Fuchsias.
Gardening Tips: Pruning Hardy Fuchsias
There are many types of fuchsias to choose from. Those that are recommended to be planted in the garden and left there during the winter months are listed as Hardy Fuchsias.
Pruning Hardy Fuchsias should be done in the early spring after the worst of the frosts are over as the old branches help to protect the shrub.
Hardy Fuchsias are not fussy as to the type of soil, but it’s most important to take a little care in the preparation before they are introduced to where they are expected to thrive for many years.
- Begin by digging the soil thoroughly and adding plenty of humus-forming material.
- If after digging the hole to accommodate the plant, the soil is a heavy water retaining clay, include a few broken bricks or anything similar and a small amount of grit in the bottom, because fuchsias like a well drained soil.
The ideal period to plant young hardy fuchsias in the garden, is late May or early June. This will give them plenty of time to establish a good root system during the warmer summer months.