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Old 04-25-2012, 10:28 PM
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I bought a flat of fancy little fuchsias today at Home Depot () for 50¢ apiece. Whoo hoo.

They are the tropical variety and not the hardy shrubby types. But fuchsias love Seattle. I am putting them in large commercial pots in a sheltered outdoor setting of a residential apartment building.

I know they thrive here, I know they are not technically winter hardy, but I have seen them survive Seattle winters. Will they make it through the winter left in their pots? (It does snow here sometimes) Or must I dig them in the fall to winter them over?

I'm kind of hoping to leave them for the winter. Yes or no, west coasties?

They look like this:

Dark Eyes Fuchsias

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:09 AM
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Sorry, not a West Coastie.... but we do have fuchsias growing here in pots and planters as well. Our winters, with the exception of the last one, get cold enough to kill most annuals and tropicals so the only way to keep them is using a green house.

You probably will have more answers to your questions from local groups like the Northwest Fuchsia Society which seems quite active. They have a page on winter hardy Fuchsias that can be overwintered in your area and how to care for them: Northwest Fuchsia Society Hardy Fuchsia List

You could probably get some 'in person' help if you can make one of their plant sales coming up (and possibly have a few more to tale care of ). These kind of plant sales are great if you are new to an area or a plant type and want to learn about how things work. Important Dates of the Northwest Fuchsia Society
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:17 AM
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Mmmmm... I absolutely love them.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:15 PM
Location: oregon
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I'm down the road in Salem and they will do fine ..I cut mine back about half and leave them alone.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:32 AM
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I've seen some die and I've seen some make it here in California's Central Valley. I would put them where a direct frost won't get to them during winter. Under the overhang of a porch etc... Or just cover them.

On the coast here in NorCal they usually do fantastic because of the moderated weather.
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