How to take fuchsia cuttings

How to take fuchsia cuttings

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.

How to take fuchsia cuttings

Choose healthy stems and trim off excess leaves. Dip the ends in rooting powder, if desired, and insert in pots of cuttings or multi-purpose compost with extra grit added.

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Follow our step-by-step guide to taking fuchsia cuttings, below.

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You Will Need

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

Total time:

Step 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.

How to take fuchsia cuttings - removing healthy stems from a fuchsia plant
How to take fuchsia cuttings – removing healthy stems from a fuchsia plant

Step 2

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

How to take fuchsia cuttings - removing lower leaves from each fuchsia cutting
How to take fuchsia cuttings – removing lower leaves from each fuchsia cutting

Step 3

Fill a small plastic pot with seed and cuttings compost or multi-purpose compost with extra horticultural grit added. Insert the cuttings around the edge of the pot. Water well and allow to drain.

How to take fuchsia cuttings - inserting fuchsia cuttings into compost
How to take fuchsia cuttings – inserting fuchsia cuttings into compost

Step 4

Place the pot of cuttings in a warm propagator or cover with a clear plastic bag, sealing it with an elastic band. Keep on a warm windowsill out of direct sunlight, and remove the lid or bag once you can see signs of new growth. Pot into individual pots after a couple of weeks.

How to take fuchsia cuttings - covering the cuttings with a plastic bag
How to take fuchsia cuttings – covering the cuttings with a plastic bag
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