Fuchsia is a plant that produces brightly colored flowers. It is native to the tropical mountains of South America, but it grows well in moderate climates if it is properly cared for. Fuchsia seeds should be planted in moist, nutrient-rich growing soil. After planting, the seeds require regular watering, light, and warmth. The seeds should be grown indoors until the new plants are large enough to be transplanted outdoors.
Seeds can be purchased at a plant nursery, or harvested from a mature fuchsia plant. The fuchsia seeds should be soaked in water for 24 hours prior to planting. Small plastic seedling containers that are 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) in diameter work best for planting the seeds. A nutrient-rich planting mixture should be purchased, as fuchsia seeds do not grow well in normal garden or potting soil.
The planting mixture should be very moist before planting the fuchsia seeds. A good method to ensure evenly moist soil is to place the seedling containers in a tray of water, which will allow the planting mix to draw moisture from the bottom up to the top. The containers should be removed from the tray when the surface of the planting mix is moist to the touch.
A fine layer of sand should be placed on top of the moist planting mix. The fuchsia seeds can then be gently pressed into the sand. The seeds should not be placed too deeply, as they only need to be lightly covered. A spray bottle can be used to mist the sand and the seeds.
The seedling containers must be covered with clear plastic wrap and stored in a warm area. For best results, the temperature should be between 70 and 75° Fahrenheit (21 to 24° C). The pots should be exposed to light during the day, but direct sunlight should be avoided. A south-facing windowsill, for example, should provide the right amount of light. While the seeds are germinating, the planting mixture should be watered if it begins to feel dry.
With care, fuchsia seeds typically sprout within 14 days to four months after they are planted. When the seedlings reach 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm) in height, they are ready to be removed from the containers and transplanted to a larger container outdoors, or placed in a garden. After the fuchsia plant is moved outdoors, a mulch should be placed over the soil to keep it moist.