How to take cuttings from tender fuchsias

How to take cuttings from tender fuchsias

Find out how to propagate tender fuchsias from cuttings, in our How-to guide.

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

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You Will Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Hormone rooting powder
  • Small terracotta pot
  • A propagator or plastic bag

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Step 1

Taking fuchsia cuttings - removing a piece of stem
Taking fuchsia cuttings – removing a piece of stem

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.

Step 2

Taking fuchsia cuttings - removing the lower leaves
Taking fuchsia cuttings – removing the lower leaves

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

Step 3

Taking fuchsia cuttings - using hormone rooting powder
Taking fuchsia cuttings – using hormone rooting powder

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

Step 4

Taking fuchsia cuttings - inserting the cuttings into a terracotta pot
Taking fuchsia cuttings – inserting the cuttings into a terracotta pot

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 or cover with a clear plastic bag. Move each cutting into its own pot when fully rooted.

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