London (change)
Today 14°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 10°C

How to take cuttings from tender fuchsias

Overview

Fuchsias are beautiful plants, suitable for growing in the border or in pots and hanging baskets. Not all fuchsias are completely hardy, so to ensure plants from year to year, it's a good idea to take cuttings from them. Taking cuttings is also an easy way to increase your stock of plants.


How to do it

Select a healthy stem

1

Choose healthy stems and remove a 7cm-long section from each with a sharp knife. Choose non-flowering shoots or pinch off the flower buds.


Remove the lower leaves

2

Remove the lower leaves and sideshoots, then cut cleanly below the leaf joint. Cuttings should have one or two pairs of leaves.


Dip in hormone rooting powder

3

Dip the cut ends in hormone powder to improve rooting. Tap off any excess powder.


Insert cuttings around the edge of the pot

4

Fill a terracotta pot with seed and cuttings compost. Insert the cuttings around the edge of the pot. Water and place in a warm propagator. Move each cutting into its own pot when fully rooted.




Discuss this project

Talkback: How to take cuttings from tender fuchsias
Your comment will appear after a quick registration step

evelyn fulton 05/09/2014 at 10:25

Thanks for how to take cuttings. Where do I leave pots with fuchsia cuttings in over winter. Thanks.

philippa smith2 05/09/2014 at 12:29

Frost free g/h or Cold frame would be best. 

Dave Morgan 05/09/2014 at 13:13

In a cold frame or greenhouse, failing that a cool windowsill indoors.