How to Plant Fuchsia Seed
Planting fuchsia seeds and growing new fuchsia plants is extremely easy. All that's necessary is for you to provide the right conditions for fuchsia seeds to germinate and flourish and before you know it you'll have all the fuchsia plants you could want. And the really good news is that creating just the right conditions to germinate fuchsia seeds is remarkably easy.
Screen vermiculite and peat moss and fill your planting container with a 50/50 mixture.
Choose your fuchsia seeds. Start by gently removing the seeds from the fuchsia berries by rubbing the berries gently between your thumb and forefinger. Wash the seeds. Separate out the seeds that are plump and dark, and discard seeds that are flat, light in color or very small.
Place several seeds on top of your growing mixture. Sprinkle a small amount of your growing mixture on top of your seeds, but do not worry about covering them entirely.
Mist the top of your container until the seeds are completely damp.
Place your container under a standard fluorescent light (grow lights are not necessary) with the light approximately 12 inches from the surface of your container. Drape a piece of plastic sheeting over the light to create a makeshift hot-house tent for your seeds. Leave the light on at least 12 hours a day. Keep the temperature around 72 degrees F.
Mist your seeds lightly as necessary to keep the surface of your growing container damp at all times. Your fuchsia seeds should sprout within 7 to 14 days.
Disease Of A Fuchsia Plant
Fuchsia plants occasionally suffer from a fungal infection known as fuchsia rust. Various root rot diseases might affect your fuchsia plant, all caused by different soilborne fungal pathogens that thrive in overly wet soils. Some fungi cause the shrub to collapse at ground level, a condition known as "damping off," while other pathogens stunt plant growth. Clusters of white mushrooms might form at the base of the shrub. No cure for these plant viruses exist, as of March 2013. Botrytis blight sometimes becomes a problem on fuchsia shrubs. The fungal pathogens cause discoloration or spotting on the flowers and rotting or nonopening buds. Infected stems and leaves might wilt, discolor, rot or drop off the plant. The University of California suggests providing your plant with the proper care to prevent blights from occurring.
- Viable fuchsia seeds
- Screened vermiculite
- Screened peat moss
- Growing container
- Spray bottle
- Plastic sheet
- Fluorescent light
- How to Grow Fuchsia From Seeds
- Clemson Cooperative Extension: Fuchsia
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Fuchsia (Group)
- Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook: Fuchsia-- Rust
- University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Damping-Off Diseases
- University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Botrytis Blight