Time to close this offer. I have 18 boxes to send out.
I have decided to close up the greenhouse. It is expensive, time consuming - simply a waste of time.
I have enjoyed every minute I spent out there. I just need to find myself a different hobby, closer to home.
The place I am living is in foreclosure. The landlord disappeared last year & I haven't paid rent in months. Living for free has been nice, but, this is not the place to try and keep a collection going. My collection is too big and too hard to move. I can't burden my friends and family with my collection, they have their own chores.
If you ask me nicely and promise to return my postage I will send you a box full of cuttings.
I have been having problems with mealy bugs, a problem I haven't been able to solve completely. I spray every week, but, they keep flying in and re infesting the coleus. Coleus are fast growers at this time of year and the bugs seem to know which parts of the plants are new and untreated. I will do the best I can to send them bug free, but, there is no guarantee.
I would have posted this on the Plants Forum, but, I only want to deal with the coleus crazies.
I promise to pay postage and would love a box, Dale, but sorry to see you have to go through this. I hope you'll find another place where you can resume growing your beautiful coleus. Then we can all send cuttings back to you.
I'm very sorry for all the problems you had with the coleus. You have so many really beautiful ones. I would gladly send you postage for cuttings paypal if you would like or a check. Just let me know how much.
I'm so sorry this has happened to you. Your wonderful pictures got me obsessed with coleus, a "magnificent obsession." I would dearly love a box of cuttings, please, please, please. I'll d-mail you with my address and will be more than happy to pay postage and packing.
Helen, I have to agree with you...I always loved coleus and got hooked on it back in the mid 70's as a new gardener.
BUT Dale really created a much stronger love of it. It's an obsession and my favorite shade plant.
I only have about a dozen varieties since it is very difficult to buy here in Phoenix. But I have a long list of the ones I like and want someday.
Dale, I will miss seeing all you share with us.
I am able to keep it growing as a perennial which is nice too.
The one coleus that I already had, Swiss Sunshine, a cutting from a friend, is bullet proof. I'm propagating that one like crazy, and the leftover cutting scraps just won't die. So, instead of one of everything, I think I might have zoodles of this one. It's such a cutie.
Dale, just so you don't go away! But burnout is pest, as is moving. Good luck finding a new abode.
The larger coleus plants are gonna get chopped on, I have 18 boxes to send.
The other stufff - the tropicals, peach trees, lantana, banana, crotons etc. will be on sale this weekend. I am going to be there on Sat & Sun from 9-12.
I sent a flyer out to the folks I know locally, the ad said Sunday, but, people I am a little closer too I told them Sat (that would be you).
Anything left after this weekend is going to be given away. USF Botanical Garden. The University over in Lakeland and Bok Tower are also on my list - if I have the time.
I am sure a lot of it is just going to be left behind.
I am going on vacation to Northern California for the last two weeks of Aug. Every 10 years I give myself a 'big' vacation. For my 50th birthday I spent 3 weeks in Hawaii. I don't want to go that far away this time.
This one of Chris Baker's new hybrids, as yet un-named, lets just call it 07-49>
Dale you have to think like a woman does now... in that 15' x 10' area, many coleus could be grown!
I can envision coleus in hanging baskets, creating columns with tiers after tier of coleus pots, etc.
The possibilities are endless ...
I'm very glad to hear that we aren't losing our King of Coleus and you will still be around to share with us!
Those of you who asked Dale for cuttings are going to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy! Since I'm only an hour away, I drove to Dale's on Saturday to take advantage of his offer and save him the work of packing. We wandered up and down the rows of containers, and he gave me a marvelous selection of cuttings - every color, leaf size, shape. He's truly an enabler - "Here, take one of these, too - it'll look good next to that other one." And on and on.
Luckily, he also had dozens of pots I could buy. Got home, gave the babies an insecticide bath and started potting the cuttings. I finally finished up at 9:00 pm, famished but too tired to chew, so I raised a couple of cold beers in Dale's honor. Thank you so much, Dale! It was great to be able to meet you, and to come home with such treasures.
Thanks but Dale was kind enough to enlighten me. I'm working on trying to organize my "backyard" nursery so I can apply for a license and get inspected so I can sell locally.
I'm quickly running out of ground room and have a large order of colocasia plugs coming the week after that I have to find room for in addition to anything I get from Dale. I'm currently scavenging empty pots right now to clean and bleach them for the plugs.
I'm surprised you've been able to keep your inpatients going this long. Those and my snapdragons pooped out weeks ago.
Dale I am so sorry of your plight. To down size in life is the hardest thing, so I found out last year. I miss my life as it was but making the best of what I have and so will you. it's the nature of the beast. You did put the coleus on DG map so to speak.Helene
Today didn't go well, so I will be posting boxes in the morning.
I found fire ants in the containers I was replanting. Had to go to the store, get insecticide and then wait for them to die. It is always something.
When I went to pick up the Pentas I was planting I am glad I called first. I didn't realize they took an hour and a half lunch. Noon to 1:30. It was 4:15 before I finished. I was hoping to get done by 2.
I need to get back to my chores. I will take a break later.
Oh Dale, so sad. Maybe you could buy that place for a song if it is going into foreclosure.
I thought that was your job, I didn't now it was a hobby.
My variegated clivia would get mealy bugs and they were impossible to even get to since they would get way down between the tight leaves. I used the Bayer Tree and Shrub. It is a systemic which with just 1 dosing will work up to 1 year. I haven't seen a mealy in months!
I've been away most of July and just came across this thread. What a shock it was reading the title! I'm glad to know that you will still be here with us on Daves. I don't post a whole lot, mostly in the winter when I'm not outside or too busy with the kids, but you opened my eyes to the vastness of coleus varieties. Plus you are so full of information and are always so kind. I've learned so much reading your posts. And your photos are beautiful!
I'm sorry you're having to change locations and "up-root" yourself and all of your plants. And it doesn't sound like you've got a lot of help there either. I hope your sales are going well though. I wish I was there. Your coleus would be one of the ONLY reasons I'd go to Florida in July or August!
Keep the pictures coming! (Do you have a photo of a coleus that's chartreuse and purple!)
I don't really feel that sad, more like relieved. It was a lot of work and I didn't receive any support from the retailers. I did enjoy every minute I was there, but, the expense (time & money) made it a very expensive hobby. I need a hobby closer to home.
I was hoping to infect you (& everyone) with a uncontrollable love of coleus. Lucky you...only mildy infected. I guess you live too far north.
I went out and bought myself all the tools and a few supplies to restart my stained glass lamp hobby. One of the things I studied in my 9 years at various colleges was Studio Art. I wasn't very good at the high brow stuff, but, I did learn to make patterns for windows and lamps.
I will have to go thru my photos when I unpack and post a photo of one of the lamps.
You will probably love getting back into stained glass. I have lots of scrap glass with the intention of trying it out and also doing mosaic work. I did some stepping stones and containers & pots with stained glass that are fun. I just bought a glass kiln so I can use up some of the scraps and try my hand at fusing/slumping. Just need to get the plants organize to find time to learn how to use the kiln. LOL
Your poor subconscious mind is probably packed to overflowing with colors and shapes. Once you get some glass pieces done, you'll surely post for us to see? And perhaps you'll do some pieces incorporating coleus? lol.
I fuss glass when I can get access to a kiln. Here's a sample of a combination of my two hobbies. Just one of my "chrysanthemums". Please show us a stain glass coleus if you decide to make one. Wouldn't that be so very beautiful!!!! (And a lot of cutting. ^_^) Your coleus could live on and on, tons of colors and patterns, and pest free!!! I know, it's not the same... but they would still be beautiful.
Thanks. You're really kind, and generous with your praise. But I don't want to change the focus of the thread. I just would LOVE to see some stained glass coleus! There's lots of glass info. and photos over in the "Pottery, Clay and Ceramics Discussion Forum". They just decided for some reason to not include "Glass Arts" in the title. LOTS of info. at the beginning of the forum, which wasn't too very long ago. I can point you to some of the info. threads if you're interested. Just d-mail me. :-)
What a long day. I was so glad when the thunder & rain started, perfect excuse to go home. I took the plastic off the hoop house this last weekend. It cost over $300, I am going to keep it in storage in case I find a use for it someday.
Thanks Pirl and Taj for the postage money.
These are the folks that are going out next Monday>
I could not fit the plugs into the boxes, they would have been cut back to nubs, they are so overgrown. Might just as well send cuttings. Everyone got at least 25 different coleus. Depending on the size of the stock plants - some I only got one cutting per person, some as many as three.
I started at one row and just worked my way to the end. Then the 2nd row...to the end. Etc.
This next weekend is the 'open to the public' plant sale. I am going to post signs on the hiway a couple miles up, in both directions. It will be interesting to see who drifts in. I am going to get the giant dolly out and move a couple 25 gallon Banana, a 20 gallon Tibouchina and a 15 gall Croton up to the road to act as beacons.
Is this Stella Red or Starry Nights, I can't tell then apart in the heat of summer>
Sorry I missed the give away, but much sorrier that this whole housing thing has been so hard on you - I hope you've been able to stash away a little cash for a consolation prize or two! I hope you find a wonderful home, Dale. Thanks for all the inspiration and eye candy.
Budgie, it is out at the greenhouse. I am expecting you Sat. morning! I was going to use it to bridge the ends of the greenhouse. There is enough to frame in one end (16' by 30').
Some of those 2x4's are 16' long.
Thanks to Goldfinch (generous, I can always use gas money) and Booplants - got your checks in the mail today.
It is overcast and drizzling here in Tampa - I knocked off early. I can always use a nap.
And I will remind everyone again, these cuttings will need a bug bath when you get them. I know I didn't get every bug off them. There won't be very many, but, those critters out number me.
I received my box today. It felt like Christmas! I had a ball looking at each one then potting it. It was like a neverending box of cuttings!! What fun...This has got to be one of the most generous gifts from one gardener to another. I thank you ever so much Dale for the coleus and the amazing sense of wonder I felt going through all of them. :)
Got mine yesterday. Quit the box full! I was tired when I got home from work and a quick shopping trip. I went through them quickly, isolated about 3 with mealy bugs, will give all an Insecticidal Soap soak and pot them up today with rooting hormone.
Nice collection, Dale. You are a great DG buddy.
PS: I don't say "thank you" I'm a bit superstitious in that gardening aspect, they say if you do the plants won't grow.
I think they are the same plant. People shorten the names. Most correctly it should be called Trailing Strawberry Drop. I have a sport of it that is much more 'richly' colored...it will be in your box. Everyone got a piece or two of my sport.
You will have to let that one grow for awhile before I am sure, but, I think that is an un-named coleus, grown from seed.
Dale, Im sorry to hear about your tragedy, might be a blessing in disguise. Look at how many people's garden you are enriching... Good luck to you. hope it all works out well for you. I have enjoyed looking at your pictures. I have some coleus rooting now, cant wait to plant them. This was just the inspiration I need to get to getting...
Love your topiary of India Frills. I noticed the leaves getting large on you. The same happened here and they got up to 3" long and lost their bright color and went mainly to the purple in the center. After that, mine died. Coleus sure have their own minds.
Take care and you will have 'Happy Growing" no matter where you are.
As I was making up the last 9 boxes this morning I counted the cuttings as I put them in one of the boxes - 145 - in the first box this morning. I used the smaller sized cuttings this time, Last time I was sending big cuttings, but, I have run out of big cuttings.
I counted the different types of coleus that I have, I got up to 149 before I lost count. And I thought I had about 75-100. At least a third of them are sports or seed grown - not the named ones we buy mail order.
It is my hope that there will be some saved over the winter and that next spring there will be a trading frenzy going on around here!
Boo, you are the most likely person to keep them all going - AZ has warm, mild winters compared to most of the US. Do you realize that you are going to get 70-80 new varieties? Your going to need pots, trays and soil. They should be there Wed or Thrus. They are boxed, all I have to do is seal them up and put the labels on.
Budgie, I expect to see you again soon...I got a lot of stuff I want to unload on you. Do you think you might want the Coleus Topiaries if they don't sell? I wouldn't want to see them perish.
Lady Gardener, Got you check today, thanks (money is never cursed).
Hi Dale, sorry to hear you are getting out of the business, but I understand how things change. Life has been changing for me also, I hardly have time to garden anymore, cause of having to babysit my grandson.
It's so nice of you to share those beautiful coleus with these good people, I know they will share them back to you, if ever you need them. I'm gonna try to get a few from Leeperk (Linda) in the future, whenever I get to spend time in the yard again.
Hope to see you again at a future Roundup. : )
I sent out a lot of cuttings from the seed grown ones that Lorine gave me too. She had great luck with her seed, they are beauties. At least I think there were from Lorine, or was it Linda? I think your Mom and Dad should have used other letters of the alphabet, besides the L... lol
Shade or they will have a quick death in the desert, they are unrooted cuttings.
Dale, I'm not one of the 'L sisters', just a good friend that lives close to all of them. : ) They are good people, and love to grow beautiful flowers. They have, kinda of adopted me, tho. lol : ) Oh, and they do have sisters who names start with an I and S, too.
Have a wonderful day. : )
No Jan, LOL, I just play one on here.
I was adopted and have no brothers or sisters. I do have 2 half brothers and 6 half sisters from my biological mother and father, who were not married to each other...if that counts. LOL
Lucy, we all have some common ancestors...if you go back far enough.
Boo, outside, shade, as humid as you can make it.
Can you tell the difference between these two?...pretty close.
I have to say the cuttings were very healthy. i put some of mine directly in perlite and they never wilted at all. i have some in water lining my kitchen sill, ran out of room, and they already are growing roots.i have two overcrowed flats, the front walkway has many and i have a bowl w/water with more to put in pots later. I am overjoyed!
Don't worry Dale. You will be blessed for your generosity.
I grew up in Northern Virginia. All summer, everyone complained "It's hot!" All winter everyone complained, "It's cold!" I decided to choose one to like, and only complain half the year. I love to swim, so I decided I liked summer. Then I found out that I didn't HAVE TO live in Virginia, what a revelation! And I ran off to a place I call here.
Man, Dale, you are OLD! I won't be 60 for 7 weeks yet.
If you don't already know about 'em, two cool plant places in the Bay area are Annie's Annuals in Richmond and The Dry Garden in Berkley. But maybe you're doing a true vacation and not looking at plants at all.
Try as I might, that never works for me. Have fun.
I haven't been in that area in 9 years...the Dry Garden is new to me.
Seems like I met Annie a couple decades ago, in Berkeley, before she started the nursery.
I have my usual route planned out. GG Park, Strybing, Jap. Garden, The Conservatory, Fuchsia Dell, then out to the nursery on Sloat. A walk on the beach at sunset. Dinner at Liza's on Potero Hill. I love their Portabello mushrooms and Shrimp, mmmmm.
Planning a day in Berkeley, East Bay Nursery, Strawberry Canyon, Annie's & now the Dry Garden. Maybe I can get over to the Downtown Oakland Garden by Lake Merritt.
I am hope to get down to Watsonville/Big Sur for a day. Watsonville is where Antonelli Bros. moved to (they used to be in Santa Cruz).
Then north - Napa Valley, Sonoma then up to Ukiah. Next day up to Eureka, then over to see the ex sister-in-law near Chico, over to Sacramento to see my high school chum Carla (& family).
Last day wandering the streets of San Francisco...I love to photograph the houses there.
Lots of ground to cover in 10 days.
I am going to take another photo of this place, in Pacific Heights>
Dale, so sorry to hear that you are closing up shop.
Tough decision, but, I guess with the expense and having to move on, was the best for you.
I am glad too to hear you will still have a smaller garden to enjoy and sty with us here in DG.
You have revived my love for Colius! This year I planted 3!
I found this thread to late to ask for a few but I look forward to see how those who have gotten a box does.
Good luck in the new place and have a blast for your 60th!
Happy Birthday and a Wonderful vacation to you.
oh this darn heat...I hope these will survive! They looked great after 18 hours in the bath...and after planting but right now they are limp and screaming for more humidity! Crossing fingers...Arizona is not a coleus state like others with higher humidity. I have them in the shade and if they don't perk up I am going to bring them indoors...105 here today.
But I sure had fun looking at them and potting them.
Thanks Dale, got my box yesterday. Wow - what fun! I soaked them in a Triacide bath right away, then soaked them in a water bath for the night. This morning before work I put them in glasses of water and tonight I will start potting them up. They look pretty good considering their long journey. I was surprised to see that some of them had already developed roots along the stem during their trip! Thanks again for being so generous!