How To Propagate A Fuchsia Plant

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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Fuchsias are one of the easiest plants to propagate. To grow your own, all you need it a clipping off another plant.

That’s great because fuchsias come in all kinds of colors and styles and are very malleable. You can hang them from baskets, grow them as shrubs, or even train them into trees, like so:


[Read about how to do this here.]

Perhaps most importantly, fuchsias are forgiving plants. They grow in both shade and sun and bounce back from neglect pretty easily. And hey, if you kill it, you can always start again with a new clipping.

How To Propagate A Fuchsia Plant:

Equipment:

    Flower pot
    Potting soil
    Bucket or something to mix in
    Water
    Fuchsia clipping

Directions:

Start with a clipping from a plant. Simply pinch the end off an existing fuchsia plant, like so:

The clipping is wet because it fell into the cup of water I had it soaking in. I don’t know what kind of fuchsia it is, but the flowers look similar to this one, only red:


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Next, choose your pot. Pick one on the smaller side, since fuchsias don’t seem to like a lot of room while growing.

Fill the pot with dry dirt to the top:

Pour the dirt into a bucket or container. Add water until it is thoroughly moist, then pack the wet dirt into the pot again. Add more soil if necessary.

Stick your finger into the middle of the dirt. Insert the fuchsia clipping so that its stem is in the soil and the leaves are in the sunshine, like so:

Clean off the pot, and voila! You have the start of a new fuchsia plant.

Put the plant in a window where it can get indirect light. Once the soil has dried out, start adding a small amount of water every day. Fuchsias like a steady supply of water, but they don’t like to be drowned. I usually give a new plant about an ounce of water a day.

In a week or so, you will start to see new growth on the plant, and that is how you know that it has rooted. Continue to give it water. Before you know it, it will be taking over your windowsill.

3 Comments »

Comment by Cath

April 20, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

Great info! I actually did not know that fuchsia was a plant…just thought it was a color. :P

Comment by Savvy

April 22, 2011 @ 8:03 am

Cath–That’s funny. I’m guessing the color comes from the flower, but I’m not sure about that.

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