Q.Is There A Date Range To Start Wintering Fuchsias
Hi. Just read your article on wintering fuchsias. Discusses when to start bringing the plant OUT of dormancy, but doesn’t talk about when to start putting it into dormancy. It is the first week of Oct here in Western Washington and my Fuchsia is in FULL BLOOM and with just as many buds. Even so, temps are dipping. Should I bring the plant indoors now and begin cutting down on water. Can we enjoy it in our screened porch for another month, maybe.
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If the temperatures are dipping, and it still looks this good, then it is very likely that you have Hardy Fuchsia. This will be hardy down to zone 6 (7 in container).
Likely, it will winter itself outdoors, as long as you provide it with a little water on occasion. If this seems too risky, then you can treat it as a tropical indoor plant. It will, likely, finish flowering and fruit if kept in a bright window and cared for as it was being cared for, outdoors!
Here are some articles that will help: