Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:04
My fuschia book recommends burying the dormant plants. I have a pit under the staging in my cold greenhouse - about 15" deep. At end of october I strip off all the remaining leaves, cut back any straggly bits, then give the pots a good watering. Once they have drained they are laid horizontally in the pit, side by side then one on top of another and covered with damp newspaper (it is supposed to be loose compost but I never have enough of that!) and then bubblewrap tucked in around the whole area. They are then left until the end of March when they are brought out and will already have new shoots forming. They return to the staging, are well watered, and will grow on enthusiastically. This is when I also have the most success taking cuttings.
If I don't have enough space the pots are brought into the shed (they need to be cold but frost free) - and virtually left until watering recommences in March.
These two methods seem to have worked really well for me.