Fuchsia Winter Care – Tips For Wintering Fuchsias
The winter season is coming soon. And it’s time to think about your outdoor fuchsiaceae plants. You will need to decide which ones are going to survive the cold weather and which ones are not.
If you have indoor plants, they may survive the cold but they won’t grow well outdoors in the snow or ice conditions.
So what do you do?
You could plant them indoors in a greenhouse where they will probably get plenty of warmth during the winter months. But then you run the risk of frost damage. Or you could try to transplant them outside into some kind of shelter such as a greenhouse, a shed, or even a tree house. You don’t want your fuchis to freeze solid!
But what if you just can’t bring yourself to move your outdoor plants? What if you’re too lazy to go out and buy new equipment?
Well, you might consider growing them indoors in pots. Potting up fuchis is easier than moving them around because there aren’t any wires or pipes involved. They’ll still get plenty of warmth from the sun though so at least they won’t die of overheating.
However, potting up fuchis isn’t without its problems either. The biggest one is over-watering. Since you’re growing them in smaller containers, they’re at greater risk of drowning.
It’s a good idea to go out and buy some fuchsia speciality soil for containers. It has more air pockets so the roots can breathe easier.
You’ll also need to be sure to give your fuchsia speciality fertilisers every once in a while. Most of the time, this just means watering them with a special liquid plant food. Unlike other plants though, fuchsias don’t usually need large amounts of nitrogen, so look for something with a high phosphorus and potassium content.
If you’re also worried about frost, place some kind of cover over your container, such as an upside-down pot. Or you could construct a mini-greenhouse around the entire thing using plastic sheeting or something similar.
Whatever you do, make sure you water your fuchsia regularly. The leaves will tell you if they’re unhappy. Watch for brown edges or spots.
Also look for any curling, wilting or yellowing leaves and remove them as soon as possible. If you catch it in time, your plant should make a full recovery.
Fuchsias can also be grown from cuttings. It is easier to start with a cutting and transplant that into a pot, than starting with a seed and waiting for it to grow large enough for you to plant outside. Fuchsias can be grown in regular potting soil but it is best to use a soilless mix because it drains much better.
Use a small pot, or root trainer to give the cutting plenty of room to grow until it is ready to be transplanted outside. Transplanting a rooted cutting is much easier than transplanting a seedling. Fuchsia cuttings can be taken at any time of the year.
Propagating fuchsia is not difficult. All you need is a sharp knife or pair of scissors and a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. Fuchsia can be propagated in several different ways:
DIVIDING: This is the most common method of propagation and is probably the easiest. Typically fuchsias are either divided in the spring or fall. Each plant will have one large root system with several feeder roots coming off of it.
The large root system is called a rhizome. It is usually buried just beneath the soil’s surface. Feeder roots grow off of the rhizome and are anchored in the soil. Each feeder root has several buds along its length that will grow into new plants. To divide, begin by pulling the plant out of the ground. Be careful not to damage the feeder roots. Place the plant on a flat surface and carefully remove as much of the soil as you can from the root system. Then cut through the root ball with a sharp knife, pruning shears or scissors.
Sources & references used in this article:
Fuchsias: the new cultivars by G Bartlett – 2011 – books.google.com
Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill: How to Grow & Overwinter 165 Tender Plants by A McGowan, B McGowan – 2012 – books.google.com
Midwest Gardener’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select-Plan-Plant-Maintain-Problem-solve-Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota … by B McGowan, A McGowan – 2014 – Storey Publishing
Outdoor Gardening in pots and boxes by E Goulding – 2002 – Batsford
Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by M Myers – 2013 – books.google.com
Annuals for every garden by G Taloumis – 2015 – books.google.com