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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Fuschia Frozen --Killed? Reply with quote

Hello:

It appears last winter's weeks of freezing weather has killed my ancient fuschia bushes in the garden. There are still no signs of life from these four huge 50-60 year-old shrubs.

Should I give up? Cut them back and see if they regenerate from the roots?

Any advice appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that is amazing, I thought it was impossible to kill fuschia. Did you scratch a bit of the bark to see if its green underneath?
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a couple of fuschias that seemed totally dead, but are actually showing life with new shoots at soil level. As Sunny suggests, scratch the bark and cut back anything that isn't green, then just wait and see ! Hopefully your bushes will resurrect and enjoy many more years of life.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we had a fuschia which was killed over about 80% of the plant above ground - some of the larger stalks are sprouting again.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's amazing!! I was thinking the same. Do fuschias suffer from cold?

Well they seem to this year... i had 10ft fuschias in my garden and they seemed to survive anything... but yet this year they are in surious bad shape! Crying or Very sad but i would agree with medieval knievel, 80% is dead but they are coming back nicely from the lower parts!! Razz I think a severe "haircut" will sort theem out!!! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject: Re: Fuschia Reply with quote

Hi - and thanks to everyone who posted. I went and checked at the base, and what do you know?! Some new shoots coming up. It will take a long time for them to grow back, but they were a bit overgrown before anyway (blocked light on the upper story of house even)..

Thanks again, Barb

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you will be amazed at how quickly it will grow back again!
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep, they've a much bigger root system than a small plant, so will grow much more quickly from ground level than a new plant.
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