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Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

The fuchsias and trailing Geraniums I bought  this year have been fantastic, they are currently in large wooden boxes, can I overwinter them in my  unheated greenhouse. I thought of putting them into pots, cutting them down and removing the leaves, wrapping the pots in newspaper and covering them with fleece. Would this work.



  • B3B3 Posts: 25,260

    I don't know about the fuchsia, but I left some trailing geraniums in the porch and forgot about them. They were alive in the spring so I chopped them back and they were fine. They would've done better if I'd changed the compost. Why don't you put them in and see what happens? I think you should only give them just enough water to stay alive.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thank you, I will give it a try image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,158

    I have frequently overwintered fuchsias in the greenhouse which is unheated but does get lined with bubble wrap for winter.  I get them in before the first frosts and make sure they have a good drink and are then well drained.  Check for broken or damaged stems and remove them.

    I don't bother with cutting them back or fleecing and most survive.   Leaving the tips on means they take any frost and the heart of the plant is safer and thus more likely to sprout new stems in spring.  Then you can cut off the dead stuff and feed and pot on in fresh compost for a happy fuchsia summer.

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,293

    I just lug the pots into the greenhouse and hope for the best. Its worked for the past couple of years even when we've had snow but there's no guarantee the plants will survive. I always keep one of my favourites in the house over winter just in case.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    I overwintered some by mistake last year. Half hardy cheap plugs I planted in a few plastic pots for the patio. Forgot to bin them at the end of the season.

    This spring they started growing again so I chopped them right back, they shot up again and have put on another good show this summer.


    Think the mild winter helped, they were just left out to the elements. I'm going to put them in the greenhouse this year but won't chop them back til spring.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thank you, I hope mine survive the winter they have been a pleasure all summer.

  • I have been leaving my Fuchsias in a unheated greenhouse for a number of years as over the

    season I tend to buy a few to add to my collection.

    they tend to survive ok but for some reason one or two die,but these are really old plants so go ahead

    and try it.  Where I live in Derbyshire it can get really cold so I tend to put other half hardy plants in as well.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thank you, I am looking forward to seeing how many survive the winter, I hope it's a mild one again.

  • Daisy33Daisy33 Posts: 1,031
    Sizeyuk1 says:

    Thank you, I am looking forward to seeing how many survive the winter, I hope it's a mild one again.

    See original post

     I'm not, I hope we have a good old fashioned British winter to kill off the bugs 'n stuff. 2016 has been horrendous for slugs and snails for instance, at least here in London. image

  • GrasslyGrassly Posts: 66
    I'm trying not to start new threads so have added to this one....
    I have some Fuchsia Bella Soila bought as small plants in the summer, after a slow start in the border  I transferred them to a couple of containers and they are now flowering away nicely, my question is do they need any special treatment over the winter apart from protect from frosts? Many thanks
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