Overwintering Fuchsias - Knowledgebase Question

New Westminster, BC
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Question by shughes81
September 19, 1999
I want to take cuttings from some fuchsias this year to start new plants and aren't sure how to go about this and then getting them to root. Also what is the best way to keep the original plants over the winter.

Answer from NGA
September 19, 1999
Before first frost, cut back the branches to the edge of the pot. Store them either indoors in a 45F degree, bright, sunny room or outdoors in a trench. In areas where the ground doesn't freeze hard, take the plant out of its pot, tip it sideways and place it in a one-foot deep trench covered with leaves or bark mulch. In March, dig up and repot the plant, placing it indoors until danger of frost has passed.

Green, soft tip cuttings of fuchsias can be taken all year round but the best time of the year is spring. Cuttings root very easily in a rooting compost, or in a glass of plain water.

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