Fuchsia is a genus of elegant flowers that can be grown in most regions of the United States. While most gardeners take the easy route and plant fuchsia by purchasing seedlings from their local nursery or garden center, it can be a lot more fun to grow the from seed in your garden. In what follows, you'll find out how to do just that.
Seeds from fuchsia don't last that long, so you want to harvest them from existing plants to make sure they're fresh. To do so, ask a friend who already has one or go to a garden store, where a friendly gardener will likely oblige you. Look closely at the plant for berry formations after the flowers fall off. The berries will be deep purple to almost black and should be found right near the base of the flower. Pick them off the plant, choosing only the smooth and firm ones, as shriveled ones likely hold seeds that aren't quite as fresh. Split the berry with a knife and pull out the seeds from the berry. Pat them dry with a cloth or paper towel and store them in a cool and arid place. When ready to plant, soak the fuchsia seeds for 24 hours and use normal compost mix. Water deeply and cover the mixture with about 1/4 inch of fine sand and place three or four seeds on top of the soil. Mist over the seeds and place the soil in a warm place, ideally between 70 and 75 F. The plants should sprout within a few weeks; once they do, you can safely transplant them into your garden. You should water weekly with about an inch of water in periods without rainfall.