Can I prune a hardy fuchsia now? If so how close to the ground can I go? I have pruned it in the spring in the past after it begins to leaf out and used that as my guide for how much stem to remove. But this year I would like to take it further back. Thanks in advance.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Hi Barbara, You should prune the plant after the last frost. Water it and give it an application of fertilizer (18-18-18) at half strength a few days before pruning.Cut away all dead branches and because plant only blooms on new growth, cut to within 1-2 bud sections of previous year pruning.Make cuts just above a bud section. The lowest temp. this plant can tolerate is 40 degrees. Ideal temp. for them is 60-70 and it will cease to bloom when temp. is above 80 degrees. Hope this helps!
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