Fuchsias are a staple of British gardens, these perennial shrubby plants are found everywhere. Grown for their bright flowers, which with a little attention can flower all summer, and hardiness for those cold British winters. The first written description of a Fuchsia comes from 1690 by the French monk Minim after he discovered them on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. There are over 100 different types of Fuchsia, most of them originating from South America. With a little care and attention, they can look good year after year in UK gardens.

Close up of fuchsia in full bloom
Close up of fuchsia in full bloom

When to cut fuchsia for winter

Simply put, you don’t! Do not prune Fuchsia for winter. If you cut a fuchsia for winter you will be inviting pests, disease and rot into the plant. Instead, you should cut your Fuchsia in spring, just before it bursts into life. This way the plant won’t be sitting throughout a cold, wet winter with open wounds and no new growth.

How to cut a Fuchsia back

Pruning fuchsia is essential for a strong, healthy plant with lots of beautiful blooms. You will get natural dieback at wintertime every year but I like to prune on top of this.

Fuchsia plants flower on new growth, so if you want plenty of blooms then you need to prune back aggressively. In fact, sometimes you can prune your fuchsia all the way back to stumps depending on the variety.

Prune in the spring, never in the winter. if you prune your fuchsia down in winter you will be opening it up to disease and rot. You don’t want to give the wounds time to fester if you cut in spring before the plant bursts into life then there will be much less time for the disease to enter the plant.