How to Get Fuchsia Seeds

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How to Get Fuchsia Seeds
There are over 100 fuchsia species. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A common name for the fuchsia flower is "lady's eardrops," because the bloom looks a bit like a dangly earring. With pink, white, purple and combinations of all three, fuchsia flowers provide lots of colour in a shady garden spot or a hanging planter indoors. In late summer and early fall, the fuchsia produces tasty berries containing its seeds. Avoid the temptation to eat all the berries; save some to plant new fuchsia plants.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspapers
  • Sharp knife
  • Bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Envelope

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Allow the fuchsia berries to ripen on the plant. Ripe berries will be somewhat soft when you squeeze them. Even the wrinkled berries contain viable seed.

  2. 2

    Place newspaper on the work surface, as the juice of some fuchsia berries can stain.

  3. 3

    Lay the berries on their sides and cut them open, lengthwise.

  4. 4

    Place the sliced berries in a bowl of water and use your hands to wash the pulp from the seeds.

  5. 5

    Lay the seeds, in a single layer, on a paper towel to dry.

  6. 6

    Store the fuchsia seeds in an envelope or other container in which they will remain dry.

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