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How to Prune Lady Boothby Fuchsia


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Lady Boothyby is a hybrid upright fuchsia, named for the first president of the British Fuchsia Society. With red and almost a black-purple flowers, it is marketed as the only climbing fuchsia. It does, however, require training to climb and generally does best when allowed to rest against another plant or a trellis when it gets over 4-feet tall. Prune the Lady Boothby fuchsia after the last hard freeze and once temperatures reach 55 degrees F.

Difficulty: Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  1. Water the fuchsia as you normally do two days before pruning. Fertilize the Lady Boothby with half the strength you normally use.

  2. Cut off all the dead growth from last season. Use the pruning shears to cut each branch to a main stem or to the soil.

  3. Prune back to within 1/2 inch of a live bud on stems that still have some healthy wood.

  4. Rejuvenate the Lady Boothby by cutting all stems to 6 inches from the soil. It blooms on new wood, so don’t be afraid to cut it back.

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