I'm having trouble with Fuchsia cuttings

TravelingBiker(9)March 20, 2011

Hi. I've read alot of advice in this forum about starting cuttings.

I used the techniques shown in the following video to try to start cuttings (except the plastic bag, I didn't do that).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYxicA7-5Fg

I've tried to start cuttings 5 times and all of them failed. I always read in this forum that it's easy to grow fuchsia cuttings but I haven't had that experience.

Can anyone please help me? I love these plants and really want to be able to propagate them.

Thanks,

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Use the bag! It's not just decoration. It keeps the atmosphere around the cuttings moist so they don't transpire too much and dry up. It also means you don't have to keep watering the cuttings and running the risk of over doing it and causing them to rot.

The technique in the film looks fine to me except I'd get a lot more than 4 cuttings off that pant.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 10:06AM
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calistoga_al

I looked at the video and it was OK. The bagging or tenting with clear plastic, is a must for softwood or greenwood cuttings. It will take a month or more to root and be able to draw up moisture from the new roots to keep the stem and any leaf material turgid. This means that the humidity of the air around the cutting must be kept close to 100%. For home propagators that means tenting to keep the moisture. Why don't you want to tent, when the video clearly shows it is required? Al

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 10:10AM
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TravelingBiker(9)

Ok, I'll try it again, tenting this time, and I'll report back with my results. Thanks.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Weblog

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 1:28PM
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TravelingBiker(9)

It's interesting, I also tried rooting them in clear water and that didn't work either. So much for easy... ;)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 1:30PM
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calistoga_al

Now that you are convinced tenting is necessary lets mention venting. With the warm humidity under your tent fungus in the form of mold, is quite likely to grow. It is almost impossible to have a starting medium with no fungus spores included. I always remove my tents every other day and turn them inside out, before putting them back on, as this removes the excess moisture, in the form of condensation, on the inside of the tent. When I first started propagating cuttings I would leave the tent off for 20 minutes or so before putting it back. Believe it or not, this is long enough to allow the the cutting(especially soft wood cuttings)to wilt, from which they have a struggle to recover. Al

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 10:01AM
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