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18/01/2014 at 19:09


do i wait til march before pruning this fuschia hedge? and also how much do i cut it back?



18/01/2014 at 19:24

Hiya djjuk, prune as hard as you like.  It will be fine.

Hardy fuschias grow like weeds here and they can be huge.   We often slash them down and I always prune annually to the base.  

When?  Well autumn or spring.  You could do it in February quite safely.


18/01/2014 at 19:31

thanks Verdun. how high above the ground do you cut it to? and how quick does it grow. it was already there when we moved in to the house, in use as a hedge and id like to keep it compact, thick and around about 4ft height wise at its max.

18/01/2014 at 19:39

Almost to the base djjuk.  Grows fast.  Cutting back like this produces a thick dense plant with loads of summer flowers.  Just cut it cleanly though. I always try for sloping cuts with no jagged edges. Yes, 4' or,slightly more perhaps.  

18/01/2014 at 19:55

Verdun, I think you're in Cornwall - yes?  Does this still apply to those of us in Kent?  I usually prune my hardy fuschias down to just above the ground in March.

18/01/2014 at 20:17

Hiya patsy

Yes.  Should be fine then.  Yep, in sunny Cornwall   

(a lovely hardy fuschia with yellow leaves all summer and red flowers called Genii is a fav of mine.  Tough.  I cut this to the base too)

19/01/2014 at 10:06

Thank you, Verdun, I'll carry on as normal then.  I'll also look at the Genii.

19/01/2014 at 21:16

A Fuschia hedge?You lucky person,that's something that will never happen here.Ours grow in hanging pots and in the fall they can be taken indoors,plus white flies,aphids,pill bugs and a host of other pests.



25/01/2014 at 09:11

Always do mine end march or April, depending on the weather, after ther frosts. Did it slightly later last year because of the weather.

25/01/2014 at 09:29

Fuschias grow  wild down here in Cornwall Bill.  We are all experts in growing them here......the hardy ones are indestructible....... with my dog and its  sunneeeeeeee 

26/01/2014 at 10:54

nice info thanks all

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