Now   that   your   cuttings   have   rooted   they   are   ready   for   potting   up,   but   the   first   thing   to   do   is   to   acclimatise   them   slowly   from   the   propagator environment   to   that   of   the   outside   word. To   do   this,   introduce   air   a   bit   at   a   time   over   2   or   3   days   and   then   remove   whatever   cover   you have been using completely. Again   a   general   purpose   peat   based   compost   can   be   used   for   potting   up   and   a   formula   used   by   most   fuchsia   growers   is   6   parts compost   -   1   part   perlite   or   vermiculite   -   1   part   fine   grit.   For   the   last   couple   of   years   I   have   started   to   sieve   the   compost   to   get   rid   of any   lumps,   twigs,   etc.   which   seems   to   be   more   common   in   bags   of   compost   these   days.   More   info   on   this   on   the   Composts   & Feeding  page.
On   the   left   you   can   see   a   a   batch   of   5   cuttings   which   have   been   rooted   in   a   2” pot.   Either   keep   them   together   and   pot   them   up   into   a   3”   pot   and   grow   them on   as   one   plant   or   pot   them   individually   into   2”   pots. The   choice   is   yours.   Once potted   up   careful   watering   is   needed   at   this   stage,      do   not   saturate   them.   A plastic washing up bottle is ideal as you will have more control. On the right we have a batch of cuttings just potted up into 2” pots.  
Once   the   cuttings   have   established   themselves   into   their   new   homes   it   won’t   be   long   until   we reach   the   next   stage,   depending   of   course   on   the   cultivar   and   the   vigour   of   growth.      Not   all cultivars grow at the same rate, some grow like weeds while others seem slow. Here   we   have   the   same   cuttings   a   few   weeks   on   and   ready   for   potting   up   again   with   the   roots reaching   the   side   of   the   pot.   I   always   give   them   a   little   watering   before   potting   up   to   to   keep   the compost in place whilst handling and to help the cutting settle into it’s new home. An easy way of potting up is shown here.  I have gone from a 2” pot to a 3.5” to make it clearer, they should go into a 3”.  A little compost in the bottom, place an empty 2” pot in, hold it and  fill in around the outside.  Remove the 2” pot, carefully tap your cutting out of it’s pot and drop into it’s new home. It will never know it has been moved. A couple of taps on the bench, gently squeeze the whole lot down making sure there is room for water.  The compost has to be moist to be able to do this. Once potted up careful watering again has to be adhered to. If your cuttings are destined for baskets, tubs, etc. you could use the much cheaper 3” square plastic pots. The same process can be applied when potting up 3” to 4”, 5” to 6” and so on.
The   cuttings   have   now   become   young   plants   in   3”   pots.   Once   the   roots   have   reached   the   sides   of   the   pot   they   are   the   right   size   for   making   up   baskets, hanging   pots,   tubs,   etc.   They   will   also   be   ready   for   their   their   first   stop   or   pinch   (same   thing).   It   could   well   have   been   done   whilst   they   were   still   in   their   2” pots, depending on the cultivar and vigour. This subject is dealt with on the next page. A couple of weeks after being potted up into 3” pots I start feeding.   I   have   a   28   gallon   water   butt   in   the   greenhouse   which   contains   a   quarter   strength   feed.   This   is   given   at   at   every   watering.   I   feel   a   little   often   is   better   than   a lot   all   at   once.     A   high   nitrogen   feed   such   as   Chempack   No   2   is   given   from   the   end   of   September   through   to   late   Spring   when   I   switch   to   a   balanced   feed through the summer but avoiding the high potash feeds such as Tomorite (see Novice Page).
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