This is a fickle and decieving month .
Those of us who live in the north are lured by warm temps starting in April.
May is here already and days in the 80's tempt us to put out our plants.
I know better.
My livingroom is overcrowded with coleus plants and cuttings.
Its so crowded it interferes with the remote for TV.
I planted 5 coleus outside just so I can see TV and the front garden.
Everytime I go to a nursery and see people heading toward their cars with bedding plants I want to stop them and tell them of the cold nights with 30 temps,not to mention the freezes in mid to late May.
This is what happens to coleus when night temps are below 50 and it even snows.
This photo is rated "S" for shouldnt and stupid.
It may be harmfull and disturbing to some viewers.
What a disaster! I've had fatalities as well and last night we dragged in all the coleus and tender annuals to save them from the horrible winds and cold temperatures. They cover the living room floor now - what a mess They'll stay inside until we feel the night temperatures are warm.
After all the years I've gardened I think it's a lost cause to try and convince people not to plant their tomatoes or basil just because the store sells them now. It's just too cold and these vegetables want warmth, just like the coleus do.
We are so much alike. I will see someone purchasing a plant that does not grow here. I walk behind them and quietly tell them to ask the manager if the plant they have in their hands grow here. Or the two gallon tomato plant with small tomatoes already on it. I quietly tell them that is a sucker plant and the small tomato plant will grow faster, catch up and pass this big one in no time.
It really doesnt take much time to eduacet ones self where commonsense about plants is concerned.
Good grief if the tulips are blooming why would wnyone expect to have tomatoes now.
My relatives have a vedg stand and grow famous corn in this area.People come to the satnd and ask if the corn is in and my great aunt will point to the firld where my uncle was drilling corn and say"It will be about 4 months."
JoAnn, sorry you lost those coleus...bummer after nursing them along all winter. Our weather is so wacked out this year. In March we had days in the 80's, now in May we've had several frosts and snow. I generally plant my annuals outside in mid-May but not this year. I'm getting so anxious for warm weather. I'm sick and tired of watering coleus in the house! I really didn't start with too many cuttings, but my problem is I kept taking more cuttings and they got out of control! It really is a lot of work keeping them going.
I'm with ya, goldfinch. Dang it, if I wanted to freeze my tuckus off in May, I'd move to Alaska.
My coleus are driving me nuts having to keep babying them ... but at least I took the advice from people in this forum, didn't leave them out and they're alive, which is more than I can say for my cannas and ageratum after this past week's freaky cold weather.
it's a Plectranthus... do a google search for Madagascar Fern-leaved Coleus ... nothing comes up.. that's why you can't always trust the plant files... only as good as it's users.. maybe that is the local name for the plant... not a coleus though
I have many Plectranthus but not that one and, as ge said, four feet would be a bit intense in the garden. In winds it would/could snap branches as well. They do have a pleasant scent (light mint) and are exceptionally easy to root and grow.
I am attempting to put the overgrown parent coleus out in the garden.
Long range forecast says 50's nights for the next 10 days which should put us beyond the frost dates for Z6.I have half a million backups in the livingroom trays so it wont be any loss if some dont like the change.
I planted most of mine out yesterday. We SHOULD be safe now. Both the 10 day forecast on weather.com and the 15 day one on accuweather have the night temps staying above 50. The problem with waiting too long to plant out here is that the awful heat and humidity of summer can happen fast. In that, it's hard to get any plant transplanted successfully. Seedlings and small cuttings don't like sudden transplant/change at burning 90° temps.
That doesn't always happen here, but most often it seems to. Last year was an exception, we got so much rain and cold weather in early summer, as did much of the country. We didn't get hot, sunny weather until July last year.
I usually take a week of vacation from work in May to finish my planting, as well as moving or dividing existing plants. Usually I have hundreds of wintersown seedlings to get planted. I start in March or April with perennials and work on to annuals in May. Generally anything that isn't done by about May 15 or 20 doesn't work out too well because the weather is just too hot. Everything seems to tolerate planting, moving, or dividing pretty well unless I attempt it in the real hot weather.
I have to say, too, that my wintersown seedlings tolerate cold much better than indoor seedlings or nursery-bought plants. I feel safer starting with wintersown ones. Unfortunately I didn't have many of those this year.
Just removed all protection from frost sensitive plants this weekend. Father couldn't stand all those bags and covers in the garden anymore, so pray for me that it won't start freezing again. Coleus are still in the greenhouse so at least those will be saved if the prayers are neglected ;)
Well we have gone from 70s to 90 in one week. I am going to plant my Coleus Tuesday. They have been outside in my holding garden for the last week and are much happier than they were in the house or greenhouse. Good luck everyone.
Looks like we'll have high 40s here in CT tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday, jumping to mid-50s consistently after that. But I won't have time to get anything out until the weekend ... so I guess I have one more week of babying them indoors.
With the warm days and nights I have moved my cuttings to pots on the deck where they will thrive all summer.
The livingroom is mine again.
I began to resent the coleus and regret my idea to do sooooooo many cuttings.
I have a better view of my Livingroom garden with the blooming TreePeony beyond.
The cats are thrilled.
I took 30 cuttings for parent plants last September. 10 survived. I must have had 200 cuttings in seedstarter cells.Not a good idea. I think the small cells are what made the plants go leggy
If I do this again it will be just a few,less than a dozen,or buy from RD but not as many and make my planters mostly annuals I buy locally.
I do love the RD trailers tho,nothing cascades like them.
Me, too. I planted most into a garden bed on Saturday, others into big planters. Weather has been cool and rainy since Sunday. They have to hang on for another couple of days of this weather, then the warmth returns.
I only have a few left in pots, cups, and cells. I hope to get most, if not all of them potted up to bigger containers today. It's supposed to be another cool, rainy day, so I'll spend it in my dungeon (aka basement) potting.
Well I am loosing some of my wintered coleus.
Alligator\Sedona (a few are bleaching out and look sick)
Jungle Love cant take being outside.
Tr Psycoleus looks awful
The stridant survivors that wont quit are:
Trailing QueenTrail.Swiss Sunshine
Lancelot Velvet Mocha
Dexter,as spindly as it is.
The larger plants are doing OK and just to be on the safe side I have a RD comming. I can always scoot out here for coleus. Hardening off? I should have watched more carefully when you were talking about it.
Hardening off is the slow process of very gently introducing them to the weather in our gardens. First, about two hours of shade, then back in the garage or in total safe shade. Next day maybe an hour more and dappled shade (no direct sun at all), back in shade for the night. It goes on until they're acclimated to dappled shade or only morning sun, then any that are going into a sunny spot go step by step, very slowly, to avoid sunburn.
I definatly will NOT be doing thit next year. I have 8 trays and 4 big tubs. Each one is a trip to the deck and down steps. No thanks. Those that make it will make it. Those that dont wont. I have tons of annual seeds I can plant and many of the tubs are filled with Caladiums and Dahlias. Coleus wont be missed. I have a small order from RD that should fill out any bare spots. Also gardens are full of parent plants that are surviving. I will take cuttings from them all summer to fill in where they are needed.
I simply couldnt be a greenhouse grower with all the footwork necessary.
Well guys, this is cray Las Vegas. Today 87, tomorrow high 63. I have all my coleus in holding garden where they have doubled and tripled in size. Now them big chill is moving in. I am going to put a large box over them and then a thick blanket. Actually I am just getting up to do it because I just saw the evening weather. Be back in a while.
It is a good think i recycle. And I bought a coolin unit for them back patio from Front gate so had a very long box and covered the majority of the coleus. I had some new gifts, rooted coleus, just planted into 6" pots so they are back in the garage. 25% below normal temperature. My Orange and Lime trees are both loaded with new fruit. So are my tomatoes. I have no idea what this will do because it is a record low high since starting to record temperatures. Snow 4 miles away in the mountains behind us. 50mph winds last night but the Coleus were protected by trees and fence. This weather has me talking to myself.
But it could be worse. I could live in Louisiana and then I would be shooting Mother Nature on a daily basis or BP.
DH finally made the turn today or yesterday. It may have been yesterday but I did not notice. I was sitting and watching him at lunch with all the kids and their families in the back landscape and he seemed to move more. OMG, he is acting normal. He looks much better, is not huffing and puffing while walking and the snoring is almost gone. This cannot all be from dehydration. But I will take it. OK, I need to go read and stop talking.
My coleus seem happy outside. I'm trying something different this year and planted most of my new ones in gallon pots, then put 5 of the gallon pots in each large planter. Figure I can move them around easily this way and reduce them down to 3 a pot if needed when they get bigger. Here's the first one.
And my first year of planting a Nancy Jane stacker planter. May change tthe coleus in the one layer. Just stuck in what I had at the time. I also have a large square raised bed that will have lots of coleus this summer.
OK, we have gone fro a high of 67 last week to 95 today. So I am going to plant in pots. I will show you when I get finished which will be at the end of the week. What a year. Love you all. Stick around.
Photo is Baby Luke with his Easter Basket. He is heading up the road June 15th to his new home with Mommy, Daddy and older sisters in Spokane. But Grandma is OK. Just need to find a reasonable flight between here and there.
Walked in the Lowes yesterday and they had 1 gallon coleus for $3. Then they had some awesome companion plants. But they did not know that. I am going to plant and later on i will take photos. Have a great day.