++***++ Fuchsias - easily propagated by cuttings or seeds ++***++

Propagation of Fuchsias

Variety maintainance and breed of new cultivars

If you have a look at the registry-database of the AFS, you will be surprised how many named Fuchsia cvs are therein. Unfortunately, however, Europe's garden centers and special nurseries only offer a limitied selection of these for sale during the garden season. To grant the maintenance of a variety in an existing Fuchsia collection it is necessary to ensure at time that cuttings of a variety get well rooted.

Rooting cuttings is a vegetative propagation technique, which guarantees the gardener and plant freak the maintenance of a named variety. It is easilydone and promises also for the beginner success. Cuttings taken in the spring or in August from the mother plants root due to the optimum environmental conditions fairly rapidly.

We want in this context refer to the fact that there are many different methods of rooting cuttings available. The latest hit in this sector, which is also has proven with other plant species, is aeroponics - a technique that does not have a need of a special rooting medium. If you want to know more about these techniques, I would like to refer to the e-book Fuchsias, in which the different methods are descriped step by step.

Plant breeders and enthusiasts who are more involved onto the fuchsia culture also try to get new plants by sowing.

Note: Many of the fuchsias wild species (such as F. Boliviana ....) are also very easy grown from seeds. Seeds of wild species are always on the internet for sale.

Fuchsia seeds themselves are very fine and should be sown only on the surface of the substrate or gently pressed into it. If you sow seeds of your own plants or seeds you have purchased, you should sow them very soon. Fuchsia seeds are, unfortunately, in comparison to other plant short-lived.  A cool storage in the fridge at 4°C is advisable.

Saemlinge  picture >> light hungry seedlings of F. boliviana

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