The Q&A Archives: Hardy Fuchsia

Question: I bought a dwarf fuchsia plant that was tagged as a perennial. It has flourished on the North side of my house in the ground. Will this need to be brought in for an Iowa winter?

Answer: Hardy fuchsias can tolerate some cold weather, but it depends upon the variety you've planted. 'Royal Purple', 'Checkerboard' and 'Marinka' can stand hard freezes. They'll lose their leaves and some of the more tender stems, but the woody stems and roots will remain alive during the winter months, developing new shoots and leaves in the spring. You might want to provide some protection by mulching over the roots of the plant the first winter or two, until your fuchsia becomes firmly established in its new home. After that it should be hardy enough to sail through your winter weather.

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