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What are some tips for growing fuschia perennials?

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To promote flowering and healthy growth, plant fuchsias in a well-draining growing medium, and feed the plant with diluted fertilizer weekly. To produce bushy fuchsias, place the plants in a shaded location during the growing season, and pinch back the shoot tips when the plant is young. Protect the plant from freezing temperatures, and overwinter the plant indoors. Deadhead old flowers to encourage new blooms, and maintain moist, but not saturated, soil during the growing season.

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To fertilize fuchsias, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fertilizer to a gallon of water, and water the plant with the mixture weekly. During winter, water the plant sparingly every three to four weeks, and encourage a dormant state by storing the plant in a cool, dark location with temperatures that range from 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

To revive the plant in spring, remove it from storage one month before the last expected frost of the season. Cut the plant back by one-half, water it thoroughly, and place it in an area with bright, diffused sunlight.

Before placing fuchsias outdoors after winter, harden the plant off by placing it outdoors for gradually increasing amounts of time over the course of seven to 10 days. Prune fuchsias in the spring.

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