How to Propagate Fuchsia Plants
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Fuchsia plants are a popular choice among gardeners for their beautiful and vibrant flowers. If you're a fan of these stunning plants and want to grow your own, propagation from cuttings or growing new plants from seed are ways to expand your collection.
Growing Fuchsia Plants from Seed
Use seed starting mix or combine equal parts of sterile potting soil, vermiculite, and peat moss as the growing medium and place in seed starting trays. Place seeds on the surface and cover with a thin layer of potting mix, making sure the seeds have good contact with the soil. Place trays in bright indirect light and keep temperatures 70 to 75 degrees F. Keep soil evenly moist and don’t allow to dry out. Seedlings can be transplanted to larger pots after developing the first set of true leaves. Germination can take 1 to 4 months.
Growing Fuchsia Plants from Cuttings
Trim off a 4- to 6-inch long segment of a stem tip to just above a set of leaves. Remove lower leaves and dip the bottom end of the cutting in root hormone. Prepare pots or trays with seed starting mix. Poke a hole in the soil with a pencil and place the cutting in the hole so the bottom set of leaves is just above the soil line. Gently tamp down soil around the submerged stem. Cover containers with clear plastic wrap to create a mini-greenhouse and place in a warm location. Once roots develop in 3 to 4 weeks, remove plastic. Acclimate rooted cuttings to outside conditions and plant in containers or the ground.