Select a plant with about five growths as low down as possible and allow them to spread out evenly.
Should one growth show signs of being stronger than the remainder and inadvertently threaten to spoil the balance of the plant, it can be lowered so the sap does not flow so freely. Should one branch not develop as much as the others, it can be secured in a more upright position.
Fan trained fuchsias look superb against a wall or fence.
It will be advisable to over winter a fan trained fuchsia in the safe haven of a greenhouse or similar accommodation. On no account must it be allowed to really dry out and remembering not to give more water than necessary (water thoroughly and then leave alone until more is required). If allowed to dry out some forms of training will lose branches which will spoil their appearance. They should be kept under cool conditions so as not to encourage new growth, but at the same time avoiding frost damage.
It is advisable not to start the plants into growth too early in the season unless sufficient heat can be maintained to ward off late frosts, which will, if the plants are of young and tender growth, do irreparable damage.
Fan trained fuchsias are best spur pruned. All growths along the main branches are cut back to within two eyes of their origin. With the unfortunate mishap of losing a main branch, try and get a new one to replace it from as low down as possible. Should there not be an obvious replacement; an effort to re–arrange the older ones must be attempted.