How to Take Fuchsia Cuttings

Growing fuchsias in a hanging basket or pot will provide a riot of colour throughout the growing season. The energetic and prolific blooms of a fuchsia make these flowers a favourite among many gardeners. Find a growing spot that receives morning sunshine and afternoon shade and your fuchsia will thrive. If you wish to propagate your plant, take fuchsia cuttings early in the growing season to find a stem without a blossom.

Fill the 4-inch container with vermiculite. Spray the vermiculite with water from the spray bottle to moisten it.

Remove a 6-inch stem from an actively growing fuchsia plant, choosing a stem that has at least three sets of leaves but without a blossom.

Trim the stem for rooting. Cut the bottom of the stem off immediately beneath a leaf node (where leaves connect with the stem). Remove the leaves at this leaf node also -- this will be the point where the roots develop in the vermiculite. You have some different options for trimming the upper leaves. One option is to leave the top leaves on the stem but remove any other leaves growing along the stem. Another option is to cut off the top leaves by trimming the stem immediately above another leaf node. This option essentially gives you a leafless stem -- gardeners call this "tip cutting" and it creates a stem that roots energetically.

Dip the end of the stem into rooting hormone and push it into the centre of the container approximately 1 inch.

Cover the top of the container with the plastic bag to create a moist rooting environment for the cutting. Secure the bag to the container with the rubber band.

Place the container in a location with temperatures around 21.1 degrees C and indirect light.

Remove the plastic bag every day and spray the vermiculite with water to keep the cutting moist.

Check the cutting for indications of rooting beneath the vermiculite. When you see new growth on the cutting, roots are forming beneath the surface.

Transplant the cutting to a new container after approximately one month, as long as you see new growth. Fill a container with potting soil and carefully transplant the cutting to the new container. Keep the new fuchsia plant evenly moist and it should thrive.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-inch container
  • Vermiculite
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic bag (gallon size)
  • Rubber band
  • Potting soil
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.