The Q&A Archives: Flowering Fuchsia

Question: I bought my fuchsia three years ago in the spring. It stopped flowering in the fall and has not flowered since. I keep it outside in the summer and bring it in in the fall. I cut it back in the fall and early spring, and fertilize it frequently. How can I get it to flower again?

Answer: Fuchsia's flower on new stems. Pinching and pruning will help your plant develop new flowering stems. The plants love bright shade outdoors and bright light indoors. Give your plants plenty of water and exposure to a few hours of morning sunshine, use a half-strength dilution of fertilizer (too much nitrogen will result in lots of green growth at the expense of flowers), and pinch the stems back to encourage bushiness and new flowering stems. With this treatment, I suspect your plant will begin blooming in just a few weeks!

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