Soon we'll have to consider bringing in the coleus for winter. Do you use plastic pots (what sizes?) or terra cotta? Have you thought about planting cuttings in a larger pot for next year so you can just place the pot and be done with it - just display a group of pots together?
This one is Solar Shadow if I am to believe the name tag. The leaves are huge and I love it more than the photo on Rosy Dawn, where I purchased it. All summer it's been in dappled shade with more sun than shade but it's held up very well and it's one I would dig up because it's so stunning.
Not much room here for large pots. I did plant a Watermelon ,trailing chocolate and Lancelot Mocha in a 14 inch planter.
I use what ever I have.
I kept some of the 3-4 inch nursery pots to put cuttings of large plants in.
I have parents of
Envy,Kona Red,Jungle Love Kingwood Karnival,Peter Wonder.Their cuttings go in the nursery pots.
All other cuttings go in seed started peat cells.
These are the parents in the livingroom
Its really red in sun but a muddy red in shade.
The RD pic made it look purple.
I dont trust any website photos anymore so I have taken my own for the coleus folder. This way when I choose a pink petunia or begonia I dont end up with a bad combo because the Kona Red is really red not purple.
When ther put together the catalogue they add blue to make a plant look lavander ,purple ,mauve.
My Kona combo doesnt thrill me for that reason.
BIG MISTAK id is wrong The plant is Solar Shadow.
It drives me nuts not to have a name correct.
On the right
This is the combo I worked out based on RD pix and Michels pix of petunias.
On the left: you can see the Kona Red is really red and your right about Solar Shadow, they do look similar.
In fact I had to compare photos to make sure they werent the same pix
I have so many cuttings and full sized plants now that I'm hoping Rosy Dawn doesn't have anything I "have" to have for 2010. I'll do better matching non-coleus to the coleus I already have and will just make a master list for annuals so I'll know where I could add a red petunia or a lavender/pink/yellow lantana, etc.
I see you use nevery cell.
I gave everyother sell a cutting last year.
If the cuttings will have enough root room with one in each cell all the better.
This is the bathroom trays ready for cuttings in October.
Why get ready so soon? you ask?
I hate working in cold weather and since I dont use the jacusi tub
I just put them there. North light ,couldnt be better.
O K I want to clearify the Solar Shadow -Kona Red mess.
I am sure the plant I posted IS Kona Red.
I must not have changed the name in my notes after the May storm trenched the container to the point where I had to find coleus to refill it.
Things got messed up then.
Pirl is right. Its KR that I have posted.
I dont know why I keep records if I dont do it right.
Memory is Krappthese days and probably ownt improve.
It's the width of the leaves on Solar Shadows that not only surprised me but delighted me as well. This winter I'll be busy making lists of what's "big" in my eyes compared to what's more in the normal range. That Kona Red (aka Dipt in Wine) is a very fast grower - I must have five large plants of it now (and I'm not even crazy about it).