The Q&A Archives: .Fuchsia Dark Eyes

Question: I have a fuchsia hanging plant outside and it has berry like pods now. Are these pods the seeds and how do I store so that I may use in the spring.

Also, the best way to plant so that I have a Dark Eyes next summer. Thank you, Janet from Cheyenne

Answer: Your Dark Eyes fuchsia is a tender plant and usually grown as an annual in cold winter areas. They won't adapt to growing indoors so if your winter temperature dip below 45F, you'll have to consider your fuchsia an annual and replace it next spring. You can collect the seeds from the berry like pods and save them for sowing outdoors next spring. Wait until the berry begins to shrivel and then collect the seeds by squeezing the berry and allowing the seeds to pop out. Carefully clean them of all flesh, allow to dry for a day and then store them in a cool, dark place. You can sow them in pots of moistened seed starting mix indoors in March and set the little plants outdoors in late April or early May.

Best wishes with your fuchsia!

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