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Hello, I have a big project for my school program which I am studying Horticulture. I am working on estimation cost for Fuchsisa Tom Thumb so I am wonder where can I get information about specicfity how to grow from seed, what kind soil? how often to fertilization? what size of container to start seed? Thanks smiles!

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  • Posted: Sun. 21st March 2010 22:43

Growing Fuchsia Tom Thumb from Seed

Reply from Stephen Middleton

Unfortunately this is a Cultivar (hybrid) and as such any seeds germinated will not be Fuchsia Tom Thumb, but have different form. The only way to propograte this Cultivar would be from cuttings. However if you have a plant that has produced berries and you don't mind what type of fuchsia you get, there is some advice here on germination: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/fuchsia/2003024328011174.html

There are mixed seeds available e.g. http://www.nextday-seeds.co.uk/acatalog/fuchsia_seeds_uk_flower_seed_thompson_and_morgan.html

or if you want something that will give all the same flowers you would have to get a species seed, there are some available here:


Also if you want help contact British Fuchsia Society. http://www.thebfs.org.uk/contactus.asp

  • Posted: Tue. 23rd March 2010 16:15

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb'

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Doug,

Fuchsias which are propagated from cuttings such as this are usually bought as plugs, as this tends to be the most cost and time efficient way of doing things. A hardy variety such as 'Tom Thumb' can be planted as a plug directly in the ground. Fuchsias like a moist but well drained, loamy soil. It should be well dug over and have organic matter added prior to planting.

Feeding should occur roughly every other week during the growing season, and should be done with a quick release, water soluble, general fertiliser. The plants will require heavy mulching in winter to protect from frost damage.

It might be useful for you to contact some sellers and nurseries for detailed costing information and expert growing advice. If you type 'fuchsia 'tom thumb'' into google there are plenty of links to sellers that come up.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your project!


  • Posted: Tue. 23rd March 2010 16:46