Growing Fuchsia from Seed
Collected fuchsia fruits
Wait until the berries (fruits) on your fuchsia plant are well ripened. Most of them will have a very dark red colour, but some will be ripe when they have a light/dark green colour. To determine whether they are ripe or not gently squeeze between forefinger and thumb, if soft they are ripe, if hard they are unripe.
Remove from plant. Lay on a piece of kitchen towel and cut open (lengthwise). Scrape off as much as you can of the jelly-like substance. Fill small pots with peat based compost. Stand the pots in water until you can see that the top of the soil is wet. I personally do not water anymore until the seeds have germinated, only a light misting of water with a hand spray if the soil looks really dry.
Place seeds on top of soil, cover with a minute amount of same soil less compost or wet vermiculite. Place in a well lit position, away from direct sunlight, if you have a propagator at 60f.
Another way is to use a small seed tray, same procedure as above, but cover tray with plastic, when seedlings appear only remove plastic for a couple of hours at a time to acclimatize seedlings.
Germination is erratic, from a few days to several weeks. Hybrids or cultivars very seldom come true from seed, you will have many variations of the parent plant, some completely different.
Grow-on in the normal way, after one year you will see strong vigorous plants and some quite weak. Discard the weak plants.
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