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gardenman91gardenman91 Posts: 429
Evening everyone

So I was inspecting my fuschia to see which stems were dead or not and cut off a stem which I assumed was, but upon closer inspection I noticed that the stem was actually green looking at it as a cross cut section. Is this because the sap is just beginning to flow again as the weather is warming up? Apologies that the photos aren’t all that clear. Many thanks :smile:


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,945
    I cut all the stems down to the low buds once they start shooting. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,247
    You don't need to cut a twig to see if it's alive. Just scrape a bit of bark with your fingernail. If it's green underneath, that twig is alive. Try a few twigs. Some die .Some don't
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • gardenman91gardenman91 Posts: 429
    I did try scraping and it wasn’t green, but the inside of the stem appears green so I was somewhat confused? 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,865
    edited April 2021
    By the way, it's fuchsia, not fuschia. ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,247
    That stem is probably dead but don't give up hope quite yet. Something might sprout from the base. Not all fuchsias are hardy  and we've had some pretty cold days this year 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Never could spell it either  :).
    As others have said, there may still be hope when the weather warms up. Soon, hopefully 🤞
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