I prune my fuchsias in September, some really weep a lot for some
time. Why do they do this and what can I do to stop it?
weeping from fuchsias after pruning is a sign growth has already
started, so you should prune earlier than September.
Rather than give them
a hard prune in late winter, try a different approach - one that
seems to work for many gardeners. Try pruning two or three times
during the growing season, each time cutting just a few shoots back
to the last healthy pair of leaves on the branch. As long as the
plant is well fertilised and mulched, strong new growth should soon
develop, followed by flower buds. This way the late winter prune
probably won't need to be so drastic.
Gardener, Issue 153, 2004, Page 27
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.