Since winter has been mild in Ireland this year, my fuchsia never lost its leaves and continues to bloom. I tried cutting a few branches back but they are still alive and I would not want to cause any damage to the plant, so I stopped. On the other hand, I am afraid that if I don't cut it back it will not perform well in the spring. What should I do?
Fuchsia in Winter
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
I would let it go for now and cut it back in the spring. These plants respond well to pruning, regardless of when it is done. By pruning in the spring, you will not risk forcing it into early and cold vulnerable growth now. This would normally not be a problem, but since it is not going dormant, it could also want to grow when trimmed.