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Late Winter/Spring pruning (Hardy Fuchsia):

We have a number of Hardy Fuchsias which have gone without any serious pruning for several years now, with the largest being roughly 2-3' tall and about 1-2' wide now.

I was intending to prune them back to about a foot around March (though we have cut them to the ground many years ago) waiting until they were dormant and had dropped their leaves.

However as it currently stands not only have they not dropped their leaves and gone dormant, but they still have a few flowers coming along.

So I'm now wondering when (or if) I should prune them back, and if so, how low should I take them?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
    I'm waiting to see when the new shoots start coming through at the base before cutting mine back. They flower better on the new shoots so you might want to wait just in case we have more cold frosty weather and prune them after.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,364
    edited February 2020
    I cut mine down to about 3” from the ground at the start of March, just above a leaf bud. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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