Advice Needed

BILLYCBILLYC Posts: 54

For the first time ever I have taken plant cuttings. Following a video on You Tube I have taken cuttings from existing established fuchsias & potted them on.

Hopefully the plants will have taken root by the end of the summer. My question is this; What should I do with them then? Overwinter in same pots? Transfer to bigger pots & overwinter? Or put them in the borders at end of summer? Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    What sort of fuchsia are they? Are they hardy or tender. Hardy fuchsia's can be overwintered in situ and tender should be kept frost free, greenhouse or something similar. Generally fuchsia's are so easy to root (they can root within 7 days) that keeping them isn't difficult. Only severe or prolonged cold spells will kill them, even then if are established they come through it.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,424

    Easiest way is to put cuttings in water on the window sill, not now though, but about September when its cooler. They root very quickly, trouble with potting them up first, if they dont take, you have wasted time and soil for nothing.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144
    Lyn wrote (see)

    Easiest way is to put cuttings in water on the window sill, not now though, but about September when its cooler. They root very quickly, trouble with potting them up first, if they dont take, you have wasted time and soil for nothing.

    I agree with Lyn, I tried for years with the 'potting them up' way and failed everytime, an old family friend suggested the water on windowsill route and it worked a charm, I have 3 plants in the garden ready to flower that were attached to another plant last year!

  • BILLYCBILLYC Posts: 54

    Thank you all for replying much appreciated. I think I've slipped up anyway I planted 13 cuttings in 8cm pots. Within 1 hour they had all wilted. Just didn't know about putting them in water instead of compost. Will try water method around September. 

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,424

    Perfect Billy, I dont suppose you want to do hundreds, so 3/4 in a little pot of water, I use pots that vitamins come out from, but anywill do, strip of the bottom leaves so they are not in the water. I do about 200 . Just love them, had to buy some this year though as some last year succumbed to fuchsia rust.

    Me buying a plant is never heard of but they were only a pound each!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • hi all tried to take cuttings last year from my hardy fuchsias, I took six and put them in compost I got 4 to take. after reading this here I have just took some more cuttings and put in some water.

    1 do I change the water daily

    2 how long before I see any roots

    thank you all

  • Chris 25Chris 25 Posts: 50

    All my fuchsias where potted on from last year, living in Scotland i was worried

    i would loose the lot i kept a thermostatic controlled fan heater set on number 3

    quite low once a week i misted the base just to keep them damp then as spring approached i re potted them gave a good feed (my usual seaweed fertilizer) then fed them once a week, now they are fantastic. never lost one image 

  • can I ask please

    1 do I change the water daily

    2 how long before I see any roots

    thank you all

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,424

    I don't change the water, they root in 1 to 2 weeks,you can clearly see lots of roots, then its time to carefully pot up,  but its best to do it later in the year.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • thank you lyn

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