Image by Maja Dumat
By Nikki Phipps
(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden)
Propagating fuchsias from cuttings is extremely easy, as they root rather quickly.
How to Propagate Fuchsia Cuttings
Fuchsia cuttings can be taken anytime from spring through fall, with spring being the most ideal time. Cut or pinch out a young growing tip, about 2-4 inches in length, just above the second or third pair of leaves. Remove any bottom leaves and, if desired, you can apply rooting hormone, though it’s not an absolute. You can then insert your cuttings, 3-4 in a 3-inch pot or numerous cuttings in a planting tray, into a moist growing medium like sand, perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, or sterilized soil. It may help to make a hole in the growing medium with your finger or a pencil beforehand for easier insertion of the cuttings.
The cuttings can them be covered with ventilated plastic to retain moisture and humidity, but this too is not an absolute. However, it does speed up the rooting process. Place the cuttings in a warm location, such as a window sill or greenhouse.
Within 3-4 weeks (or less), the cuttings should begin establishing good roots. Once these roots start, you can remove the plastic covering during the day to acclimate the young plants. When they have started growing well, the rooted cuttings can be removed and repotted as needed.
In addition to placing cuttings in soil or other growing medium, you can also root them in a glass of water. Once the cuttings produce some well established roots, they can be repotted in soil.
Growing Fuchsia Plants
Growing fuchsias from cuttings is easy. Once your cuttings have been repotted, you can continue growing fuchsia plants using the same conditions and care as the original plant. Put your new plants in the garden or a hanging basket in partially shaded area, or semi-sun.