Wintering fuchsias: Important information about location and nutrient supply

Bright and dry, cool but frost-free: This is how fuchsias (fuchsia) prefer to spend the winter. So that you do not make any accidental mistakes, here are some tips for wintering.

Fuchsias have to spend the winter in the house

As soon as the temperatures at the location of your fuchsias regularly reach freezing point, it is time to bring the plants to their winter quarters. If they stayed outside, they would unfortunately not survive the winter. And that would be a shame about the plants.

Prepare the fuchsias for the winter

Shorten the fuchsias by about a third before moving to the winter quarters. This is not only important for the plants, but also creates additional space. You must also remove any diseased or rotten plant parts. Otherwise, they run the risk of pathogens being brought into the winter location. As a further protective measure, you can remove any leaves remaining on the plant.

Select a cool, dry winter location

A dry, bright winter location with temperatures between 5 and 10 ° C is well suited for fuchsias. Temperature and brightness are dependent: the darker the location, the lower the temperature must be, the more light the plant gets, the more acceptable higher temperatures are. However, the frost limit must never be reached and warmth at living room level is also bad for the fuchsias.

Water and fertilize in the winter quarters

In principle, you must not fertilize your fuchsias in winter quarters. Be careful when watering. The substrate should always dry superficially. A little moisture must always be retained in the root ball.

Ventilate the winter quarters regularly

Ventilate the winter quarters of the fuchsias regularly, especially in locations with high humidity, because fuchsias are very susceptible to fungal diseases in moist air. Gray mold and other fungi can develop into a serious problem for the plants. Cold air must not, however, lead to the fuchsias being exposed to freezing temperatures. Therefore, restrict yourself to brief burst ventilation on cold days and open the windows for longer periods on frost-free days.

Apply fuchsias in spring

Before you bring the fuchsias into the garden in spring, a second pruning is recommended, which should again be one third of the plant. Wait until there is no danger of night frosts before spreading. This is certainly only the case after the ice saints in mid-May.

You can also put the fuchsias on the balcony or terrace a little earlier, but then you have to keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if necessary, bring the plants in again at short notice.