I recently moved to an area where I was assured they had milder winters (very close to the ocean in the California Monterey Bay Area) than where I had been (the hills of Santa Cruz County) but it was an unusually cold winter I gather, because I have been just heartbroken over all of my frozen fuchsias. Some of them were still blooming around Christmas. The next thing I knew, they were all frozen. Dried up crispy leaves... I had huge bushes. I haven't even wanted to go look at them. But this morning, much to my delight, I saw new growth on so many of them, I feel I have good reason to hope many of them will survive. I will take some photos soon. So where is everybody? I found this forum and it looks like no ones been here in ages!
I'd love to see your fuchsias! They are my favorite flower (ok, ONE of my favs!) but they don't grow here in Houston. Way too hot! So I have to enjoy everyone else's. Except I don't know where the fuchsia lovers are either! I'm so glad your plants are coming back and I KNOW you are happy! Janet
I live in an area that is too cold to keep them outside. So this winter I cut mine back and brought it in to a dark cool area with no water. It started to put out some shoots that were yellow but not much more. This month I took it out of its dark hiding place and watered it and placed in a bright sunny window. The yellow shoots are turning green and looking more like a real plant. I hope this works, I have never done this before.
It will go out side once the weather is right. That is where it was before I brought it in. I just did not want to throw it away.
They do like a shady area, so If you have that kind of space in your home, what the hec try it.