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    Default Pruning Hardy Fuschia

    Realised I was just hacking away at the fuschia like I do every year, mainly taking it down to a group of small shoots about a foot off the ground. Wondered whether I am actually doing this correctly ?

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    Good a way as any Jennie. I usually do mine around this time of year as you can see where is sprouting & cut the dead bit out.
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    Me too.. usually kill my own over wonter but pruned my mum's last year (first time I'd pruned a fushia) and it grew back lovely.

    I cut out any dead wood and then cut back to about a third of it's height, and/or checking the buds as I cut to check it was looking like it would grow into a good shape. It was this time of year too
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    I had to stop my mum-in-law from pulling up & throwing away 2 hardy fuchsias last year as she thought they were dead. I cut off all the dead top growth down to some promising looking buds & they grew back fine.
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    You're doing fine Jen, I just cut out the dead stuff and cut the rest back to where I want it and it does fine. Thats the magellanica. It breaks off the old wood. I have other fuchsias, not sure of the varieties, which never break of the old wood which I just remove, but they come back from under the ground every year. It helps to give them a good mulch before the start of winter. Also easy to take cuttings. Just cut a few new growths about 4" long, remove the lowest leaves and plant them in a pot. Some of them will take.

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    I am on the right track then - good. Alice what do you mulch the fuschia with?

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    must admit, I just hack mine back to about 12" below where I want it, and it does the stuff again... although those are all magellanica like Alice. never bother to mulch mine, they seem fine - but you are much further north!

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    I inherited some of these, I cut them back the first year and they were fine but I haven't got around to it for the last 2 years and they still seem to be fine - do they just keep on getting taller or will they eventually stop flowering so well if I don't cut them back?

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