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hello all hope your all haveing a nice new year,right to my question,i love fushia,s and ive bought a few which were lovely last year,i only bought hardy tho as i dont have the know all to to look after them(til i learn thru your wisdom)and they look dead,do they look like this in the winter or has the snow killed them off,thought i would ask before i started pulling them out,chris




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Don't you dare pull them out. Fuchsias are deciduous, and can almost be treated as herbaceous perennials. When the danger of frost is all but done, cut them back to strong growth (probably down to a few inches), and with any luck they'll shoot from low down. However, as they're from South America (mainly), this last cold weather may have done them irreparable damage. Anyway, bide your time, and see what happens. Worthy

2 Feb, 2011

 

Agree Worthy...

2 Feb, 2011

 

thankyou worthy,thought i,d best ask before pulling everything up

3 Feb, 2011

 

Never get rid of a fuchsia until at least July. They are often very very very slow to wake up. I have in the past put some to throw away, only to find they are starting to sprout in July.

3 Feb, 2011

 

I was going to write what Hywel has already contributed, but putting June as the deadline. July it is, Hwyel!! :-) I love hardy Fuchsias so much I'm always willing to give them another month of "resurrection time"

3 Feb, 2011

 

I agree too, I always wait until I see new shoots before I cut back and this can be as late as July. I always leave a good few inches of old stems to act as support for new growth and give extra protection.
It's easy to think they're dead 'cos that's how they look but it's so exciting when you see the first tiny shoots appear, I have been known to use a magnifying glass when I feel impatient!
I also put a mound of mulch over the crowns during autumn and had fuchsias come back last summer which were not advertised as hardy. I suppose it depends how sheltered their position is rather than the weather that we notice.

3 Feb, 2011

 

It's a good idea to give them a good mulch in the autumn - to provide some protection.
And also always try to plant a hardy fuchsia a bit deep so that part of the stems are buried under the ground. That way they also have a good chance of surviving a harsh frost.

3 Feb, 2011

 

Oh sorry Seabird has already said about mulch lol I hadn't read it ...

3 Feb, 2011

 

thankyou all,i planted them deep last year as i remember hywel saying to,cant wait now to see if they come back,chris

4 Feb, 2011

 

Oh yes, I remember now lol. I have a hopeless memory.
I'm pleased you took my advice and hope it has worked. This has been a very bad winter so I hope they will have pulled through.

4 Feb, 2011

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