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Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 30, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Hi,

So last fall I purchased a Fucshia Autumnale from this great nursery called La Costa Anderson's. Anyway I have been pretty good at pinching except recently not so much. How long should I be pinching? I've regularly fertilized it, watered ect. It seems to look very leggy and I was wondering if it will eventually fill in, or is this how it will look? Other than that, looks good. I've included photos although I apologize the light is very awkward but at least it might show what I'm referring to. Any help appreciated, thank you so much. ☺🌸
Carly
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Apr 30, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Hi @carlysuko
Your fuchsia is in fantastic shape for a hanging basket, but growing at ground level - not so much. When its flowers form, they will be lying on the soil instead of hanging down. Your plant was "pinched" very early in its growth and now has no leader. My suggestion would be to pot up the plant, and take cuttings for the garden. Let the cuttings grow upwards to whatever height you want the bush to be before starting to "pinch".
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 30, 2017 10:24 PM CST
JuneOntario said:Hi @carlysuko
Your fuchsia is in fantastic shape for a hanging basket, but growing at ground level - not so much. When its flowers form, they will be lying on the soil instead of hanging down. Your plant was "pinched" very early in its growth and now has no leader. My suggestion would be to pot up the plant, and take cuttings for the garden. Let the cuttings grow upwards to whatever height you want the bush to be before starting to "pinch".


Hi JuneOntario,

I see, thank you for explaining it in the way you did. That really made perfect sense to me. I have the ends of the branches propped up, however it probably isn't cutting it. As for the bare areas of the branches, the weird thing is that I never "pinched" any of that, because there were only a few leaves there to begin with and were hanging on by a thread, then soon after fell off. Perhaps they rubbed against the ground a bit too much? Excuse me for my ignorance but this is my one and only experience with a fuchsia. Will leaves ever grow along there? I will absolutely pot it up. Thank you for that suggestion. As for cuttings, good thing I did take two. One which is already rooting nicely, and another which is two weeks old and looking good so far. I have it under a terrarium type thing, and mist it often enough. So at least I have some insurance.
Thanks again!
Carly
Thank You!



Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
May 1, 2017 7:56 AM CST
Carly, I'm glad to hear that you have cuttings already! If you prune your original plant back to the bare bits, that will force it to make new shoots from the old leaf nodes. However, by now I expect your plant has formed flower buds at the ends of the branches, and if you prune it, you will lose those flowers. It might be best to wait until it finishes blooming before cutting it back. It is normal for a fuchsia to lose old leaves when it is actively producing growth at the ends of the branches. Fuchsias also drop all their leaves in frosty weather, but in your zone I don't suppose you need to worry about frost!
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
May 8, 2017 4:13 PM CST
JuneOntario said:Carly, I'm glad to hear that you have cuttings already! If you prune your original plant back to the bare bits, that will force it to make new shoots from the old leaf nodes. However, by now I expect your plant has formed flower buds at the ends of the branches, and if you prune it, you will lose those flowers. It might be best to wait until it finishes blooming before cutting it back. It is normal for a fuchsia to lose old leaves when it is actively producing growth at the ends of the branches. Fuchsias also drop all their leaves in frosty weather, but in your zone I don't suppose you need to worry about frost!


Thank you June! I will wait until after it blooms. I appreciate your advice.

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