Hi All. My normal routine for overwintering fuchsias in my garage is to trim them down about a 1/3 or so just to make them more manageable then to de-leaf what is left. Once done I then take them out of pot they grew in and get as much of the old compost away from roots as possible and then trim the roots and then re-pot in a much smaller pot. They are then kept the slightest bit damp all winter,more on the dry side really as they are dormant.I think the technical term is potting down Come spring when they have started to bud I re-pot into a bigger pot and off they go. Done this for years with no problems. Forgot to say once buds start to appear I then cut back hard. I was wondering ,if I cut the fuchsias down as normal by about a 1/3 but did not down-pot them and that is all I do. Come spring when they have been pruned back hard & starting to bud what if I then took them out of pot,trimmed back roots and re-potted in the same pot but with fresh compost??? I know you are supposed to gradually "potup" but I have never done that and never had problems at all. I do not think "potting down" is a must but I think more for space. may be wrong but would be nice to know. Thanks for any info advice.