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The problem with winter and fuchsias is that for some of us with heated greenhouses and in the milder parts of the country then the plants will never really have completely stopped growing. However, if you live in the colder parts or your plants are kept in a frost free area then you may just have a collection of twigs. If the latter is the case then please just keep this article and only look at it when you feel the time is right!
So let us look at three possible scenarios!
1. Your plants are alive and slowly growing hopefully if your plants have been in a heated greenhouse or the weather has been suitably mild, then, since you cut them back in the autumn new bits of growth will have appeared. If this is the case then you can start to take cuttings as soon as they get large enough or you have the urge to do so- but perhaps leave it a little while yet! All you need to do is a bit of winter care , removing leaves as they drop etc. However if you feel that there has been some die back then give them a gentle trim to remove any dead wood more of this later. Enjoy pottering amongst your plants and wait for things to happen! 2. In this case nothing seems to be happening to your plants the question then becomes are they alive . We will need to do some investigation! Gently scrape the bark with a finger nail if the wood is alive you will see a green stem if that is the case do not panic - growth will appear in the fullness of time. If it is brown you will have to do a bit of detective work, check further down the stem, it may just be that the plant has died back a little perhaps due to the cold or the damp. Scrape the bark further down the stem until you find live bits. Then cut away the dead twiggy bits! The dead twiggy bits will often look less substantial than live twigs, but the best way to check is with the fingernail test! If you are still not certain then wait awhile longer perhaps for another month or so, so that you can see exactly what is happening. If there is still no sign of life then it will give you the excuse to visit a fuchsia nursery 3. Finally you have checked your plant is alive but nothing seems to be happening which can be frustrating. Well do not despair there are still things that you can do to encourage your plants to start growing! Firstly, when weather permits, spray the wood of your plants with tepid water, this softens the wood and will encourage the plants to start sprouting. Secondly lay the plants down it is easier for the sap to go along the stems rather than up them! This is so often true for standards which can be very temperamental when it comes to start growing again. It may look strange but it can make all the difference! We are told that this is the right thing to do any comments or thoughts?
Dont despair if your plants do not look like they want to grow be patient so much depends on the weather at this time of year! Spring is just around the corner sooner or later!
Once you have got your plants going you can take cuttings but also all fuchsias need stopping (pinching out) it is important to get bushy plants as the bushier the plant the more flowers we get!Don't forget if you have any fuchsia related questions - please use our help and advice page - we have a team of experts ready to help - whatever the fuchsia query!
Fuchsia Gall Mite
This autumn there have been more cases of Fuchsia Gall mite recorded and so we all need to keep being vigilant. They are still in the South and West and close to the coast however this might not always be the case. So please keep an eye on your plants and those of your neighbours.
We are tracking where and when cases are found - please can you contact email@example.com with the post codes of any places where it is found.
Dont forget if you have any questions on fuchsias please ask us and we will do our best to help we have a great team who will answer your emails.
Please see our fact-sheet on Fuchsia Gall Mite - click here