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How Do I Overwinter My Fuchsia Baskets?

By: Jessie Keith

“How do I overwinter my fuchsia baskets?” Sherry from Camas, Washington

Answer: What a great question! Large, happy fuchsias are expensive, so it pays to overwinter them. You have two overwintering options:

Bring Your Fuchsia Indoors

Clean your fuchsia before bringing them indoors (click here to read how), and maintain them as house plants through winter. Place them in a spot with bright filtered sunlight. If your home is cool, give them a little less water and fertilizer. These plants grow best in rooms with high humidity, so refrain from growing them near heating vents that will quickly dry their foliage and soil. Prune back any dead or dying branches, and keep a watch out for pests, such as white flies and spider mites. Treat them with insecticidal soap if they develop any pests.

Induce Dormancy or Semi-Dormancy

Most hybrid fuchsias are not cold hardy, aside from hardy hummingbird fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica), which is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9. Nonetheless, they will go dormant to semi-dormant if maintained under temperatures between 36 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit–never lower. This is the most trouble-free way to store them through winter. Cut back the dead foliage in spring, and give them good care before taking them outdoors again. You may even consider upgrading them in new soil, such as Black Gold All Purpose Potting Mix.

Happy gardening!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist

 

About Jessie Keith


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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