For fuchsia cuttings, the head cutting is recommended. Place your cutting in a shady and warm situation (soil temperature 18°C). The time for taking cuttings is in spring (mid-March, mid-May), when the sap is rising; the plant recovers very quickly, and during the summer the developed plant can start to flower. The cutting should not exceed 5 to 6 cm and should not be woody. However, it is also possible to take cuttings in September-October. The young plants must be exposed to light and protected from frost. Use a light substrate, half peat and sand or perlite in small honeycombed plates provided for this purpose. The plants will recover in 20 days, keeping a plastic film over the trays to prevent evaporation.
Be careful not to use a potting soil rich in fertiliser as there is a risk of burning the roots. We sell a special potting soil for cuttings.
Layering, which is not often used in the reproduction of species, can be interesting for ground cover varieties (e.g. Procumbens). It allows the rejuvenation of the stumps in the ground. This operation is carried out in late spring or early summer.
By dividing the stumps, a large number of young plants can be obtained from the existing stump. This should be done in early spring as soon as there is no longer any fear of heavy frosts. This division is mainly reserved for hardy species such as F. magellanica.
Grafting, used mainly to have several varieties on the same subject, can be interesting with certain species; trials are underway, which seem promising for the future.