The Q&A Archives: Growing Fuchsias

Question: Will a fuchsia live year-round if grown indoors?

Answer: Fuchsias will flower indoors as long as they have enough light, good air circulation, and regular fertilization with a complete fertilizer every two to four weeks. High heat will weaken the plant. You could also keep the plant outdoors for the summer and bring it indoors for the winter when daytime temperatures dip into the 40s. Keep it in a cool place until spring and keep a close eye out for spider mites, which are especially fond of fuchsias. In the late winter or early spring, cut out the dead, broken, and weak growth and then remove about as much growth on the remaining branches as formed during the previous year. Cut back far enough to leave two or three pairs of buds on each branch. Your plant will then produce a new flush of growth in preparation for another season of flowering.

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