Fuchsias are amongst the most popular of
summer flowering plants for hanging baskets and containers.
There are of course the hardy Fuchsias that flower a little
later - often well into the Autumn.
The big plus for Fuchsias is that they can be
increased by taking cutting - very easily!
Take cuttings from well-grown young Fuchsia
plants, to increase your stock and also to 'pinch out' the growing tip of your
This will help the existing Fuchsia to grow with a
'bushy' habit, rather than having a single spindly stem with few side
shoots. Cuttings from Fuchsias are easy to take - we give you the advice
and information on how to take Fuchsia cuttings.
Young Fuchsia plants, bought from the garden centre or
nursery, can be a good source of 'cuttings' material to give you new plants. The
following steps also apply to established plants growing in the garden. Cuttings
are best taken between late April through to early September.
Most Fuchsias -or Fuchsias - benefit from being 'pinched out',
by nipping off the growing shoots after five pairs of leaves have developed.
This forces the Fuchsia plant to send out new side shoots. More shoots = More
So you will see, that it is easy to build up a good stock of Fuchsia
plants just by having a sharp knife (or scissors), some cuttings compost
and a suitable container (Propagator) where you can grow the cuttings
into rooted plants.
The Important Points in Taking Fuchsia Plant Cuttings
Use a sharp knife - carefully - or a sharp pair of
Only take cuttings from healthy Fuchsia plants.
Cutting taken later in the year will need over-wintering
Always make the cut for the actual 'cutting' directly below
a leaf joint.
Use hormone rooting powder - if you wish.
Any seed and potting compost will do - add a little sand to
'open up' the compost.
There should be no flowers or flower buds on the cutting.
Remove the bottom leaves - just leaving perhaps 2 or 3
pairs of mature leaves on the stem.
All of the images can be clicked for enlarged detail.
Hold mouse over the image to read description of how to take Fuchsia cuttings.
First image left, you will see a Fuchsia plant which needs 'pinching out' to
make the plant grow side shoots and therefore turn into a bushy plant. The
top shoot is cut from the plant - just above a pair of healthy leaves. This is
where the plant will send out new shoots - as well as further down the main
The top stem that has been cut off will be used for the first of many
cuttings from this plant. Second image shows the cut being made - with a
carpenter's knife - very sharp! and then the resultant plant, which will
be used as a stock plant to produce many more cutting over the next few
weeks or months.
The removed stem is now cut cleanly below a pair of leaves, and the
bottom pair of leaves removed. This will give a cutting of about 4in
(10cm) long with just two pair of full leaves and a few other small
leaves at the top of the cutting to be.
The cutting is inserted into a 3in pot of prepared cuttings compost -
actually just normal multi purpose compost is ok for this. The pots of
prepared and potted cuttings are then placed into the base of the
propagator case and well watered in.
We have not bothered with hormone
rooting powder. If you decide to use it - a good idea - then do not
overdo it. Simply dip the end of the cutting into the hormone rooting
powder and gently tap the cutting to get rid of any surplus powder. As
most rooting powders a fungicide included, then it is a good idea to use
- especially if you are new to taking cuttings.
The propagator top is replaced, and placed in a light place - with no
direct scorching sun. If in a greenhouse, then simply cover the top of
the propagator with a light milky white sheet of plastic. If you do not
have a propagator, Fuchsia can be rooted by putting the pots inside a
light plastic bag - and sealing the top so that no air can get in.
Once rooted - start checking after two weeks - the plastic or
propagator top can be removed in stages to allow a little air in - bit
by bit. After a week of this treatment, the rooted Fuchsia can be
removed for its protection and then grown on into a new potted Fuchsia
Fuchsia cuttings should root in 2-3 weeks. Gradually remove the propagator lid or plastic bag over
4 - 6 days to
allow the young Fuchsia plants to acclimatise to the non-humid environment.