Fuchsia Care - Knowledgebase Question

Huron, SD
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Question by jeankab
July 18, 1999
I would like information on a fuchsia. I received one this spring/It was beautiful-and after being outside for awhile it did not grow any new buds for flowering. I trimmed off the plant a bit and am awaiting for it to produce more buds but am wondering if it will set new buds. What information do you have for me to improve this situation? I did check out your library on wintering this plant.

Answer from NGA
July 18, 1999
Fuchsia's look wonderful when allowed to cascade over the sides of hanging baskets. Train them when they're young by pinching out the tips of each stem to encourage additional stems. It seems cold-hearted to pinch back little plants, but doing so will ensure that they become bushy. Your fuchsia's will grow best in full to partial shade, and they should be watered daily, especially when the weather warms. Pinch out faded flowers, taking some stem along with it, so the plant will continue to produce flowering stems. To keep your fuchsia's healthy, feed every 2-3 weeks with a half-strength liquid fertilizer.

Glad you read about wintering fuchsia's over. They really are tender plants but they come back year after year if properly protected during the cold winter months.

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