I have successfully rooted 12 cuttings from my plants that I have overwintered inside. when can I expect my first blooms? The rooted cutting average about 3 inces tall right now.
When you have 3 pairs of leaves on that main stem, 'pinch- out' the growing tip, this is the start of helping a plant to 'bush-out' more. Subsequent stems can be treated in the same way.
The more you 'pinch-out' the bushier your plant will be, but you must remember 'pinching-out' deters flowering. From the last time you 'pinch-out' it will be at least 10/12 weeks before you have flowers on this particular variety. This of course does vary according to your climate re warmth and daylight hours. Kath:)
Thank you so much Kath. That was also something I forgot to ask about (pinching). I better start pinching some of them now then as they are growing quite well in front of a glass door so perhaps my mid summer I will see some blooms on these babies.
Wow, Penny! That's great to have such success.
I have to say that I took so many cuttings b/c I didn't expect such great success. In fact I didn't expect any success even though I have read many of Kath's posts over the past year about fuschias. I was amazed that every single cutting has rooted. even some scrawny looking pieces with one leave that broke off as I was taking the other cuttings have rooted. I can't stand throwing anything out so I stuck those just down in some potting soil and I have double shoots coming up from the soil surface. My plants ( the parents as well as the rooted babies) have much bigger leaves this year. I don't know if that is normal or a fluke but they all look awsome.
BTW, after the cuttings were prepped and placed in the premoistened soil I provided additional water by misting the soil using a weak solution of aspririn water (a quarter of an uncoated aspirin dissolved in a gallon of water. I don't know if this helped in their rooting or not but it obviously didn't hurt.