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To keep Hanging Basket Fuschias (and other stuff)

I've had some nice hanging basket Fuschias this year and wondered if it is possible to save them for next year. Will they be as good if I do and what's the best way to do it.
Last year I didn't think about it and just put the basket in the garage over winter and some did survive and come back but were pretty woody.
Also we've had some great begonias and geraniums in other baskests so same with them really although they were cheap as chips from Morrisons so not so fussed if I end up buying some more of them


  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970
    Don't do baskets now when I did, decanted them into pots in the autumn and took spring cuttings, really need a glasshouse to do this successfully.  
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,081
    Pot the fuchsias up, keep fairly dry until next Spring when they start to show shoots, cut them right back to a bud nearest to the compost.   They get bigger and better every year.
     You need to get rid of the old wood. 
    Any hardy garden ones cut right back low at the end February.

    If you want to keep the begonias, let them dry  out, remove from the baskets and check for vine weevil,  when completely dry wrap in newspaper and store in the bottom of a wardrobe or cupboard.   Next Spring check for shoots and repot, making sure the corm is just sitting on top of the compost and pushed in just a little. 
    They will make much bigger plants next year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • My dad used to keep his fuchsias going in the greenhouse over winter.cut them right down and water the spring they soon started to get going again.then a bit of fresh compost and feeding and they're off again.youve just reminded me to get them inside!
  • Mine go straight into the unheated greenhouse before the first frosts. They stay in their pots sitting on the ground, and I hang the baskets from the roof. I keep them damp with just a little watering. Then in late winter, I cut them all back ready for fresh growth in spring, top up / replace compost etc especially in baskets, and put them back outside after the last frost. I find it's reliable enough that I don't bother taking cuttings any more.
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