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Fuchsia succumbing to drought

B3B3 Posts: 26,560
I have an overgrown fuchsia. It's pale pink and I think it's a magellanica.
It was on the hit list so was a bit neglected. I was dithering over whether to cut it right back or dig it out completely, having taken a few cuttings.
If I cut it down to sticks and keep it watered, is it likely to survive or should I take the opportunity to do for it now?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,560
    Had another look. The ground was carpeted with dead leaves so taken water and compost cuttings, cut it down to sticks and given it 3 canfuls of water ( why didn't you do that before? It said)
    It's up to him now whether he lives to see his grandchildren or not.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,676
    edited August 2020
    It's hard to kill hardy fuchsias! I thought I'd dug up all of mine, but no, one shoot has re-emerged - right in the middle of new planting.

    Actually, I'd swap my bright pink/red number for your pale pink one! 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,560
    We'll  see. If it behaves, it can stay.
    It was  lying and sprawling over a bed that's  about five for six foot deep.  Oh the perennials!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,637
    You can prune it down hard every spring if you like. You might not get flowers this year pruning so late, but needs must sometimes.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,560
    Well, I  pruned it a couple  of hours ago. We'll see. If it wants to live, I'll  try to accommodate it. There's a very large  rosemary  taking up a similar  amount  of space. I have the replacement ready and to be honest dried rosemary is less faff unless you're having a barbecue 
    I think I'll  change my tag line thingy to:
    Keen, but lazy but too lenient  
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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