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Fuchsia Question

Zone 98133 | anh.q.le added on November 8, 2019 | Answered

Hi. I need your expertise. I am propagating fuchsia. I doing it inside my house which is 72 degrees and has fluorescent light. It is two months already. I use the topsoil which is a big mistake. The plants did not do well. Therefore, I decided to rescue the plants by transplanting it into another container with potting soil. This time I like to put it beside a window in my garage and around 50 degrees. Please give me your suggestion. Should I transplant it now? Thanks

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BushDoctor
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Answered on November 11, 2019

They will much rather prefer the fluorescent lighting, and warmer temperatures for rooting. I would keep them there, as I do not think that it is the problem.

Topsoil will not be good for rooting plants, at all. It is far too heavy, has too much nutrients, and will remain too wet for too long to root plants.

I would recommend a light seedling mix, coconut husk, or peat moss for rooting. This will be a much more forgiving substrate.

As for transplant... I would recommend making sure that there are small roots poking out of the bottom of the container before you move them. You want them well established.

These two articles will help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fuchsia/growing-fuchsia-flower.htm

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