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Fuchsias originally come from the South American rain forests, where they grow in the Andes at altitudes of up to 3000 meters in the light shade of tall trees. The exotic plants with the showy flowers have also been cultivated in Europe since the 19th century.

The fuchsia should be brought indoors for the winter

Most fuchsias are not hardy

However, fuchsias are not hardy here and should not overwinter outdoors. A frost-free hibernation under cold house conditions is best, although it does not necessarily have to be bright there. In principle, fuchsias can also hibernate in dark cellars, as long as it does not get cooler than about five degrees Celsius there. However, temperatures between 10 and 14 °C are ideal. If you hibernate in the dark, you should definitely cut the plant back beforehand, as it will also shed all the leaves. However, fuchsias sprout again very reliably in the spring. If you want to overwinter a fuchsia trunk, either pack it up well or move it to frost-free winter quarters.

Overwinter hardy fuchsias

Hardy fuchsias are often offered in the trade, but these are not really frost-hardy specimens. Hardy fuchsias are only winter-proof in mild regions. In areas with possibly severe winters, these types and varieties should also be brought over the winter frost-free. Above all, we recommend the old, hardy breeds, some of which have proven themselves under our climatic conditions for more than 100 years. Even hardy fuchsias should be protected from frost with brushwood and leaves.

Prepare fuchsias for overwintering

Fuchsias should be well prepared for overwintering.

  • Do not fertilize fuchsias from the beginning / middle of September.
  • At the same time, gradually shut down the watering.
  • Cut back before putting them into winter quarters.
  • Planted specimens are pruned before the first frost.

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Finally, from February, you begin to gradually prepare the plants for spring. Gradually place the plants warmer and lighter, but not in direct sun. Put the plants back outside as early as possible, but bring them back outside if there is a risk of late frost. Only fertilize again when fresh, new shoots appear.

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