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fuschia cuttings


By Kzzzzh

United Kingdom Gb

i have decided to try to take cuttings this year, it always spooks me as it seems very intricate, i have a greenhouse and would like to have a bash at fuschias, i have bought about 8 hardy ones so any tips please,



I've just taken some cuttings myself. :o)

Use a very sharp knife to make a clean cut and choose a nice strong stem. Cut so cutting is an inch or two long. No need to cut just under a leaf bud with soft tip cuttings, but you can if you want.

You should use proper seed compost and you need rooting powder. Remove bottom leaves from cuttings, dip in rooting powder and insert straight into the pot. Water gently and then cover with a plastic bag that doesn't touch the cuttings (or use a propagator). I made some little wire cages for mine to support the bags.

Don't let them dry out or get cold and hopefully they'll root in a week to 10 days. They mustn't have direct sun either, so if in green house, stick a sheet of newspaper on the window behind them.

You can also take cuttings in Autumn when the stems are more woody. Pull away from the plant at a leaf junction making sure you get a bit of a heel. 4 to 6 inches long for each cutting. Remove leaves and use rooting powder the same and cover with bag. Bag must be removed after about 2 weeks though even if cuttings haven't rooted.

Good luck, hun.

9 May, 2009


thats fantastic thanks, i will definitely have a go as i love these plants and spend on them every year, gotta get to shop for rooting powder now thanks...

10 May, 2009


You're welcome, hun.
Let us know how you get on.

10 May, 2009


Be careful how hard you firm the growing medium around the cuttings - be very gentle. Fuchsia cuttings *really* don't like 'hard' compost!

11 May, 2009


thanks now can i ask a really dumb question, are these cuttings for this year or next....i told you i was a beginner!

12 May, 2009


Soft tip, if you're lucky and they grow well, this year,

If they do flower though, it will be later in the season so you probably won't get a big or long display from them.

12 May, 2009


thanks llew and peteq you have been very helpful, i will let you know how i get on

12 May, 2009


Good, I'd like to know.

I checked mine again today. Still holding up and still nice and moist in their placcy bags, lol.

12 May, 2009

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