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Fuschia Question, would I kill it by cutting back.


 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Fuschia Question, would I kill it by cutting back. Reply with quote

Hello all,

We've inherited two fuschia plants with our garden. One in the front garden, which is massive, easliy over 10ft. The wall behind it has ivy growing, but directly behind the fuschia it's very twiggy and not very green,. The other was also large, about 7ft. We pruned this back to about 4ft couple of weeks ago.
I'm wondering how ruthless I can be with pruning them both. I love them, especially given the long flowering period but they're really too big right now. Would the ivy turn green if I cut it back now or should I wait until next year as there is growth starting to appear now. I'd imagine they're at least ten years old and the base is quite thick - would I kill it by cutting them right back??

Any ideas welcome Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can cut it back quite hard, but wait until growth is well underway. It sounds like it could do with thinning out as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bill,

Thanks for that. I'll chop them right down to about 2ft in the next couple of weeks, What about the ivy on the wall - will I be left with brown twiggy ivy or will that recover when it gets air and light? The wall gets great sunlight, the kind I wish the back garden got!!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll come back if the twiggy stuff has life in it, otherwise just keep an eye on it and tidy it as needed.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't wish to be a nit-picker, but it's " fuchsia", not "fuschia". Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not nit-picking, or should that be knit-picking Laughing
It is indeed Fuchsia, the genus named in honour of Mr Fuchs. Although I'm sure we all knew what was meant, it's important not to perpetuate wrong spelling, You'd be surprised he problems it can cause and to be honest, I didn't even register the mistake.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, the proper pronunciation should be Fook-see-ah and not fyoosh-ee-ah as it's always called.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liparis wrote:
Not nit-picking, or should that be knit-picking Laughing

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I think "nit-picking" is right; nits are the eggs of the hair louse. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Totally off topic but........... http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nit1.htm

Sunflower if you don't want an immediate hole in your garden from the cutting back of the fuchsia, you could also remove 1/3 of the old stems now, 1/3 next year, and 1/3 the year after.
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