Fuchsias are plants with beautiful hanging flowers that are available in a variety of colors. They look great when planted in the ground or from a hanging planter. I bought my hanging fuchsias from Home Depot late last summer. Here is a guide on pruning fuchsias.
Pruning fuchsias is an important part of keeping them looking their best. If you don’t prune your plants regularly, they can become overgrown and leggy.
The last flowers fell near the end of the year. I noticed the plant was still growing leaves but not flowers. I thought about throwing the plant out and starting new since the flowers are the reason I bought the plant but figured that was not the answer. After I did some research I discovered that by pruning my plant I could encourage new flowers to grow back in and save money!
Today I am going to talk about pruning fuchsias. One way to budget while gardening is pruning plants to enjoy over and over again. As I stated above, I almost threw mine out but did not since I can save money by pruning.
The only tools you will need are pruning shears and possibly garden gloves. You can find them both online and at various garden stores.
There are several ways to prune a fuchsia. Cut the branches back by at least a third. You can prune even further and cut the plant back near the soil. Cut branches that criss-cross to avoid getting them tangled up. This will also keep the fuchsia from looking messy and give it a cleaner appearance.
Cutting back dead and unhealthy parts periodically will also keep your plant looking nice. Pruning can also give the plant a new or updated shape. You also want to do this early in the year, around springtime, so that you can enjoy new fuchsias for as long as possible.
Pinching off buds and flowers can also bring in new growth. This will help the plant produce more branches and flowers. Make sure the plant is growing green wood. This is where the new flowers will appear.
Dead flowers should also be pinched off to help the plant continue to grow new flowers. This should be done during the flowering season of the fuchsia.
Also, make sure your fuchsias are getting enough sun. I keep mine partially shaded due to the warm area of the country I live in. If you live in a cooler area the fuchsias will need more sun. If you are not sure, check the plant climate zone map in your area.
Another way to help your fuchsias thrive is to use soil with good drainage. If you have your plant in a pot like me, make sure the pot has holes in the bottom for the remaining water to drain from. If there is no drainage the plant may rot from sitting in water.
Get more information about fuchsia care by reading How to Grow the Incredible Fuchsia Plant!
Fertilize the fuchsia plant periodically, about once every month or so, to encourage new flowers to grow. I use fertilizer sticks that dissolve in water that I was able to purchase from the local dollar store. Jobe’s Fertilizer Spikes for Flowering Plants are a popular choice. These are pretty inexpensive in other garden stores as well.
Pruning Fuchsias Questions
Here are some questions you may have about pruning fuchsias. You can also ask me questions related to pruning these beautiful plants in the comments section.
When should fuchsias be cut back?
Fuchsias should be cut back when they become leggy or overgrown. You can prune them every few weeks during the growing season to keep them looking their best.
Do you cut back fuchsias in winter?
No, you don’t need to prune fuchsias in winter. However, you may want to prune them if they’ve grown too much or the stems are grown out during the winter months.
How do you prune a fuchsia plant?
To prune a fuchsia plant, first remove any dead or dying leaves or stems. Then cut back any stems that are too long. Finally, trim away any brown or damaged leaves. Be sure to use sharp pruning shears or scissors so that you don’t damage the plant.
Should I cut back my hardy fuchsia?
Yes, you should prune your hardy fuchsia regularly to keep it looking its best. Try to prune it every few weeks during the growing season.
I waited a little late to prune mine, but as you can see, new fuchsias are growing in nicely. There are even several buds forming all over the plant, so hopefully I will have a bunch of fuchsias growing in soon. I will check every few days to see if I need to cut back some more branches.
I hope this article was helpful! If you have any questions about pruning fuchsias, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly.
Happy pruning fuchsias everyone!