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MJ56MJ56 Posts: 30
I have two fuchsias in pots and all i know is, that one is upright and one a trailer and i dont know what to do with them for winter, do i just bring inside to a shed and water occasionally or prune anything, they are blooming well at the moment but being a novice i need advice please. An idiots guide!


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,577
    I've just had to google the word " winterise"
  • MJ56MJ56 Posts: 30
    A fat lot of use you are then 😄
  • Let the first frost cut them down, remove any (now dead) foliage and then put the pots somewhere the frost can't get them anymore.  No need to water them at all until next spring, they'll just be pots of mud!
  • MJ56MJ56 Posts: 30
    Thanks Bob
  • If they are hardy fuchsias then do as Bob says, but make sure first!
    If they are tender fuchsias they need to kept somewhere frost free, but will keep some leaves all through winter. You can cut them back in the spring when new growth starts. Some of my greenhouse fuchsias make sizeable shrubs.
    Some species, such as the triphylla ones, with long thin flowers, need to be even warmer, at least 10 degrees!
  • MJ56MJ56 Posts: 30
    Hi Buttercupdays, how do I know? I thought they were all semi hardy. When I bought them the only info it gave was ‘fuchsia’. !!!
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,546
    The word does grate :s@Hostafan1
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,577
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,009
    The hardy ones will have woody stems, and look 'shrubby', rather then 'flowery'.
    The flowers on the hardy ones are smaller, and less 'in yer face' than the annual types.  :)
    It's more likely they're the non hardy types if there was no proper info on them. 
    Did you buy them in a supermarket or similar? Garden centres and nurseries would have had proper info. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • MJ56MJ56 Posts: 30
    Homebase. They’re about the size of medium houseplant and they are in a pot at moment at the caravan but obviously I’ll be taking it home
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