At the end of the summer it was still green and bushy, so I brought it inside, thinking it might be happy there. I thought we might be able to stick it out together through the winter.
That’s when the wilting and browning began and I began to lose that lovin’ feeling. I was able to temporarily revive it with a drink of fertilzer, and it even created a few more buds. The buds, however, promptly dropped off and it started losing leaves – and making them. That’s what makes it so hard to trash. There are little green leaves popping out here and there. It’s defintely not dead.
So I did some research and it seems you can overwinter fuchsia by bringing it inside before frost. You can keep it in a dark garage or shed (which is where I’ll be moving it soon). The stems should be cut back to about 6” in length, and it should be given just enough water to prevent it from drying out. When the buds appear, cut back to about 2” and begin hardening off. They can return outdoors after the last frost.
So, can this fuchsia be saved? Is it worth keeping this hideous looking plant all winter just to save $12 next spring? And are you overwintering anything ugly?