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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
2:55 AM

Post #7828514

Hi, I know last year there was a thread with lots of beautiful coleus pics. If you have some that you are proud of, please share. I have some newly planted seeds and some from the local stores but not like you guys have. I don't think they have many named varieties in my area :(

Teresa in KY
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7834005

The cat had to make a statement---

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2010
2:12 PM

Post #7834011

A newbie, no name. The first one is in the post above is... Tiny Toes? The littlest leaved coleus. It was the size of my thumb when Dale sent it to me

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #7834022

Umm, I've gone so nuts for Desert Roses that I've forgotten names!

This one is Sonoma (I think!)

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 27, 2010
2:19 PM

Post #7834025

Apocolypse

I must trim or move this monster, I almost can't get down the steps!

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2010
2:43 AM

Post #7835461

you are way ahead of me in z6a
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2010
3:43 AM

Post #7835469

How many varieties are listed of coleus? Just curious.
Last year I had a dark curly leaf that was nice.

I have over 240 named daylilies, but haven't gotten into being as organized on the coleus.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2010
4:05 AM

Post #7835482

These are the most decent,
Hedwig and petunia tr plum brocade

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2010
4:05 AM

Post #7835483

heart

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2010
4:06 AM

Post #7835484

lancelot mocha,lord valdemort,watermelon

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 28, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #7835596

love them all JoAnn
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

May 30, 2010
12:14 PM

Post #7842905

time to transplant

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #7842960

Bluegrassmom, several hundred, see rosy dawn gardens and -- um gebharts, is that how it's spelled?

If you have mosquitoes, check this out---

http://www.mymosquitodeleter.com/index.php/traps/mosquito-deleter.html

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lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

May 30, 2010
1:23 PM

Post #7843101

What a GORGEOUS picture! Thanks. :-)

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2010
7:29 PM

Post #7844124

great job... both photos are fantastic!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2010
1:47 AM

Post #7844866

nice

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2010
4:18 AM

Post #7854220

Front tubs Gays Delight main coleus here.Trailers Burgandy Brocade,Jungle Love and Felix.Tiny Snowflake lilies.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2010
4:19 AM

Post #7854221

the other one
OPPS gays delight here.

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 4, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #7857593

Sedona does NOT like living here! Same color as dirt! hahahahaha

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2010
7:29 PM

Post #7868499

nice combos JoAnn!!!... can't wait to see them next month

wow can't believe that sedona bleached out like that... thought it was sun tolerant

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2010
1:18 AM

Post #7868884

I have some sedonas that bleached early on but have recovered and are a great color.I wish the plants were bigger.Maybe by Aug.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #7870319

Hi all,
These are starting to turn a little muddy ( they look better in the picture). I am going to move them in the shade.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #7870333

This is eclipes and elfers. They look alike , but are both keepers. They love the heat and sun.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #7870341

Watermelon is in the middle / front. It is one of my favs.
All of these love our zone 10 sun

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7870355

Stormy weather ,Desert Sunset . Both okay in the sun so far.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:45 PM

Post #7870359

This is Royal Glissades. It is pretty , but getting too much sun. I like it better with the
green showing.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #7870367

This is Pinita , Cracklin Rosie. I bought these because the remided me of Two egg
Good in the sun.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #7870388

This is an overhead shot of my cuttings of Two egg. It is part of the Florida city series. This is my husband ( and mine) favorite coleus.
There is a town in north Florida Called Two Egg.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7870412

Chelsea Rose , Black beauty . They love the sun too :)

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
2:06 PM

Post #7870427

This is Caracas and Gilda. Both look alike , only the shape of the leaf is diferant.
Good in the sun so far...

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 8, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7870440

This is Ollie and Glennis. They are blanching in the sun. I need to put them under the oaks
and pinch them back.

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 8, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #7870935

The dirt colored Sedona, It's been in dappled shade, very little direct sun. Maybe the hot nights, about 80 degrees, is the problem, days are about 86 degrees.. Alabama Sunset is dreary, too. Hm, can't find a photo right off the bat. Perhaps they need more sun...

Photo is a NOID, so I named it Plaza Extra, for the grocery store where I bought it. The white disappears in sun. Likes deep shade. Dappled sun makes the white turn yellowish.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2010
5:06 AM

Post #7881101

I am likeing this combo.Watermelon,Fiesta,Swiss Sunshine,Felix,Glory

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2010
5:31 AM

Post #7881134

Album of combos.Hits and misses
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/CombosJune12
taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #7881147

I am going to post a few I received from Dale last fall and made it through the winter.I do not know the names of any of them, so if you would like to help me figure some out feel free to dmail me so we will not highjack thread. I am numbering them as they apear in my file so if any names come my way..

#51

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #7881156

# 052

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:40 AM

Post #7881159

#55

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #7881168

#68

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:44 AM

Post #7881171

#69

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:46 AM

Post #7881174

#49

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #7881178

#50

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:49 AM

Post #7881182

#55 sorry a little blurry.

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:50 AM

Post #7881186

#67

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #7881194

#52

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taj12
Parkersburg, WV

June 12, 2010
5:54 AM

Post #7881198

Last one today

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:08 PM

Post #7885120

Hello,

During past years I have been focussing on survival and combat tactics against King Winter so I could keep them in a country where they're hard to rebuy in spring. It was all a horrible mess so from now on I will start concentrating on great combo's and visual aspects of Coleus plants so I can start enjoying them. These are a few experiments from my side. As usual I'm growing them on clay pebbles in stead of soil. This is The Flume with Trailing Queen and Flamingo.

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:12 PM

Post #7885145

This one is Duck foot with Felix and Dark Chocolate. Personally I like this one the most although Dark chocolate has some troubles with fungus...

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:13 PM

Post #7885152

This is Freckles with Southern window and Sedona. Unfortunately I needed to move them back in the greenhouse again as they can't stand sunlight or even indirect UV light from the sky.

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:15 PM

Post #7885155

This my first Coleus topiary I ever managed to create and Redcoat is the lucky winner :) It has been beautiful but now it looks a little worser. Maybe it's only temporary.

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:16 PM

Post #7885161

This was my other topiary with Rose explosion. It died only hours after I took the picture. I quickly took some cuttings from it, so I can give it a new try :)

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 13, 2010
1:19 PM

Post #7885176

All the combo's together. I'll try to make some new ones next week as my other cuttings are reaching decent size now.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7885321

Lovely. The one with Felix is my favorite as well.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2010
2:38 PM

Post #7885375

what a shame with the standard... I would tie it to a stick next time to keep it upright.. good try though... I am trying giant ex. limelight & palisandra

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 13, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #7885397

very nice
Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 14, 2010
1:14 PM

Post #7888164

Thanks everyone :)
I have tied the Redcoat to a stick today as it tilted over after some windgusts in the garden. The other topiary would have died anyway because of root rot.

Now the other problem is that I can't find enough shady spots to put all the Coleus in the garden. They're all stuck together behind a small hedge to protect them against sunburn so it's a mess again since I made a few extra combo's today :( Might spread them around the garden on a cloudy day or at evening, though. Or maybe I should move one of those giant banana trees to the center of the garden...

Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 14, 2010
2:13 PM

Post #7888316

Get a great huge beach umbrella for them!
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

June 14, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7888354

:-)

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Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 18, 2010
3:06 AM

Post #7898626

I tried it with factor 30 sunblock, but it looks like the leaves are burning even faster now :s
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 19, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #7902701

Debra, that's a beauty! I like the white.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 21, 2010
11:08 AM

Post #7907785

I just got this last week. It is a Florida city called Chuluota. I am going to put it the shade to see how the color changes.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 21, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #7907806

Just got this one also. It is called Four Ever. I am going to put this one in the shade also.
I want to see how the color changes.

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 21, 2010
2:23 PM

Post #7908358

weloveouryard - Really nice size plants! Looks like you could take large cuttings from each and have one to grow in shade and one in more sun to see how the coloration compares.

The first one Chuluota, reminds me of Bronze Pagoda but larger.

Like the coloration on Four Ever. Is it orangey or reddish?

Are they rated for the sun tolerance?

How much did you pay if you don't mind saying? In any event a beautiful well grown coleus is worth it!

Judy
dvdbwn
Cleveland, OH

June 21, 2010
4:25 PM

Post #7908633

my coleus collection

db

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 21, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #7908639

you have some nice picks there DB
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

June 21, 2010
5:10 PM

Post #7908735

Judy , I don't mind at all. .They were 3.99 and with Florida tax each one was $ 4.23. Not bad for plants in a 1 gallon pot !

They were outin full sun... I would say both are a little orangey I am going to uppot my coleus to 7 gallon pots soon. You are right about growing them in both shade / sun. It is so much fun playing with these things:)

D`Ann

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2010
1:25 AM

Post #7909406

Those were a great buy.
Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 23, 2010
2:51 AM

Post #7912527

Ow, great, my Coleus combo with Duck foot , Felix and Dark Chocolate has been damaged by frost while grass temperatures dropped to 28F. I'm reading "Woensdag 23 juni 2010" at the right bottom corner of my computer screen, which means wednesday june 23, 2010. Probably a virus or trojan has affected the computer calendar or maybe I should change the language settings...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2010
2:53 AM

Post #7912529

Horrible trick of weather. The damp cold June isnt helping here either.You are among friends.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2010
3:40 AM

Post #7912577

Frost in June! Is that common? Ach!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2010
4:42 AM

Post #7912647

It's been cold enough at times.40"s unusual but isnt that what takes us by surprise?
These are coleus planted in my garden with other plants.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/GardenPlantedColeus
Cumulus79
Londerzeel
Belgium

June 23, 2010
12:12 PM

Post #7913874

It was only frost at ground level here, and it looks like Coleus under trees and bushes are also without any damage. The Coleus combo I'm talking about stood on a metal table so I think it radiated enough heat to freeze just as the cars outside which allways get frozen even if the air temperature is a few degrees above freezing.
Funny thing is that only Felix has damage, the Duck Foot and Dark Chocolote seem to have some degree of anti- freeze in their body's. The outer leaves of Felix sheltered the inner side of the plant so I will probably recover soon as long as I keep patience.
Weather predictions are promising now with a heat wave coming our way (why not...) so they should be safe for a while.
Usually we never get frost after 15th of may but when I read history books there are some reports of frost and even snowcover in the middle of july a couple of centuries agoo...
Rene10
Wauchula, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 24, 2010
3:02 PM

Post #7917402

D'Ann you have some beauties, love them
Lorine
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 24, 2010
5:04 PM

Post #7917680

Some folks use epsom salts to counter freezing.

I only heard a rumor, you'll have to search or google or something.

Mm
sylguy
Austin, TX

June 24, 2010
8:19 PM

Post #7918303

I have a coleus NOID that is overtaking my Ixora in a pot where I meant them just as a border. The leaves are as big as my hand. See following 2 pix.

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sylguy
Austin, TX

June 24, 2010
8:22 PM

Post #7918310

Even the bugs have given up on it. The color is gorgeous.

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Calico_Coleus
Northeast, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2010
8:43 PM

Post #7918388

Kong Scarlet http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/58779/
or ant of the 3 at the bottom of this page; http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/finder/cultivars.php?sname=Coleus&choice=K
CC
sylguy
Austin, TX

June 24, 2010
9:00 PM

Post #7918444

I checked those links, THX, Calico.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2010
1:18 AM

Post #7918744

I was going to say it looks like a Kong.Nice looking plant.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2010
3:09 AM

Post #7939632

This morning.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/ColeusJuly3

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2010
2:16 AM

Post #7959100

This has no name but it just keeps growing and getting better.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
4:48 AM

Post #7959196

It looks like an oldie, Jo Ann, but always a good one.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2010
5:33 AM

Post #7959288

You sent it last fall.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #7959295

Then it's the oldie I remember. Reliable and easy to grow - who could ask for more? Fishnet Stockings will never be rated the same way.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2010
5:54 AM

Post #7959318

Good heavens no and I have a few new ones to ad to the disapointed list.At least for this place.Hedwig,was not as expected.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #7959355

It wasn't for me either. I ordered it last year and expected the best but was disappointed. I've already taken cuttings of the coleus from RD received this year and labeled each and every one of them. No problems with any of them this time.

I took cuttings and planted the strawberry jar with them and one begonia at the top. My thoughts at the time were that I might be pinching forever but they've done fine so far.

They each got water crystals and with the heat we've had the crystals have saved the day quite often.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2010
7:15 AM

Post #7959447

Here are some nice echoes.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/ColorEchoesJuly112
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #7959470

That Miss Muffet caladium is so nice for color echoes!

The crocosmia is definitely one of my favorite plants this year and I thank the person who sent it to me.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7959552

Crocosmia will spread fast.I do love the Miss Muffett. Its small and looks good in pots or at a border. Glad I bought 2 bags.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

July 11, 2010
8:57 AM

Post #7959623

ge 1836 , I too have a list going of " not worth bothering with and looks to much alike". It is so easy to forget and reorder :) Everything is in the dappled shade now. Even the" sun" ones don't like July and August here in south Florida. Its a killer !
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

July 11, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #7960287

Did I hear Fishnet Stockings? Growing OK in 90* days and 80* nights. Confused coloring.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #7960336

No fair! It likes the VI better than the USA!

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

July 11, 2010
2:31 PM

Post #7960399

Coleus in upside down pot

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rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

July 11, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #7960411

Coleus in tiered planter

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rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

July 11, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #7960418

Coleus with hibiscus tree.

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weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

July 11, 2010
2:38 PM

Post #7960487

Okay rockette , I like the upside down thingy . I am going to copy you LOL ! Hope you don't mind :)

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

July 11, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #7960767

I don't mind at all.

I purchased the upside down pots last year here on DG Marketplace. It is one of my favorites.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 11, 2010
5:07 PM

Post #7960956

Nice color combo you guys. Great work. I will have to take some photos and show you my progress. They are all growing in the shade because of weather delayed planting.

Having a good summer. Really hot but smart enough to stay indoor. DH is getting better by the day and has actually worked out twice in the last two weeks. Prior to his health problems, he worked out 3 times a week. He is finally making his own witches brew to drink without me nagging. His whole problem was dehydration and now my witches brew takes care of that.

The Lung Specialist and ENT have decided my lung infection and reoccurring asthma was from allergies and sinus drainage. I now have new nose spray and eye drops. I no longer look like I am wearing red eyeliner and I have not had a coughing spell in over a week.

I put this combination about two weeks ago. It is in the back landscape, on drip irrigation and in the shade of a Sumac Tree.

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sylguy
Austin, TX

July 12, 2010
8:58 AM

Post #7962465

rocket, the upsidedowner is fab...i love the red, pops the red in the leaves!

worms, that's such an artful arrangement. i'm constantly re-arranging on my deck as things flourish and fade, and to add new ones.

the old fountain was planted in early spring, now the coleus is full and the sweet potato is almost to the ground. back left is a ver feathery, fancy papyrus i was given.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2010
4:28 AM

Post #7967119

Tubs filling out nicely. Some are a big disapointment.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/TubsJuly142010
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

October 24, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #8173732

Fall color in North Central Texas. :-)

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lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

October 24, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #8173734

Painted with Pink

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coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

October 24, 2010
7:45 PM

Post #8174111

Wow, lovemyhouse - those are beautiful. Is 'painted with pink' the name of the pink one? If not, do you know the name? What is the red one? I want one of those! Are both in the sun? GORGEOUS - nice camera too!
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

October 24, 2010
8:35 PM

Post #8174174

I made that one up, for some reason it reminds me of a "Pink Splash" houseplant. Don't know what the names are, though, bought them in a mixed six-pack from Lowes when they were just wee little sprouts. :-) The container receives morning sun only for about four hours. As hot as it is here (especially this last summer) that's enough. LOL If I can figure out how to root cuttings to overwinter on my porch, be happy to send some to you in Spring. Will let you know if successful. Surprisingly enough, the camera is in an iPhone 4. I am continually amazed at the quality shots I get with it.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 25, 2010
2:27 AM

Post #8174439

the 2nd one looks like fairway rose... an easy one from seed

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/37728/
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

December 5, 2010
7:18 AM

Post #8245026

Liked the ones in the pictures above so much, had the gumption to try rooting cuttings for the first time ever. They seem to be doing all right. Good thing because our first freeze last week knocked out the original plants. :-) The Geraniums don't look too good, but the parent plants are still okay outside so I'll try them again.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2010
7:50 AM

Post #8245060

good job!!!

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

December 6, 2010
8:59 AM

Post #8246842

This is 'copper' and is extremely difficult to propagate. It gets more copper color later in the year. This was taken in June.

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lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

December 6, 2010
4:15 PM

Post #8247489

I like. :-)

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2010
5:10 PM

Post #8247568

very pretty
eskinola
Glen Riddle Lima, PA

December 11, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #8254922

I absolutely love Copper. Always take multiple cuttings of it and have only been successful for 1 out 6 years. so off to RDG i go... nice pic.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

December 13, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #8257246

I just put this on on my list also :)
lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

January 9, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8300718

From this morning. Can't tell from looking today (it's snowing here), but should be able to put outside in another eight weeks or so.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8301194

Another eight weeks, Debra, and mine can go out, too but to the compost pile for those that didn't survive. Otherwise mid-May is the right time here to put them out.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

January 9, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8301353

We got frost here in zone 10 a around the 7 th or 8 th of December. Normally its Christmas or after. I hope we warmup in March like we normally do.Cold winter so far !

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2011
1:49 AM

Post #8303924

My cuttings are comming along great.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2011
5:12 AM

Post #8304045

I've reduced watering dramatically this time around and have far less of a mealy bug problem. I ditched the affected ones and now all is good. They'll put on the big growth spurt around Valentine's Day.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 13, 2011
4:45 AM

Post #8307962

Lately I've had mealy bugs on a few. I never had that problem before! That's interesting that cutting down on the watering seemed to reduce them. I do think I water too much and too often. Some varities take more water than others though, so I'll still need to check them every day. Do you spray for the mealy bugs? I sprayed mine with something I bought and got a lot of leaf drop on a few. I think the spray was too strong for them. It was some kind of rose and flower spray in a spray bottle. I thought the old standby insecticidial soap, might not be enough.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 13, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8307966

Well this is supposed to be a 'show beauties' thread, so here's a picture. The green one in back is 'gay's delight'. I'm not sure what the pinkish/purple one in front is. It might be 'tabasco', but it definetly does not like sun and does well in shade. It's rather inconsistent with the pink edges, sometimes hardly any. It is in pretty deep shade here.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
5:59 AM

Post #8308067

Could the purple/pink one be 'Ruby Laser'?

Mealy bugs are so deadly to coleus. Remove any that have it and keep them in another room. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and apply to the mealy bug patches but beware because they lurk innocently and will attack over and over again. I try to remove the top two to three inches and root that, then discard the rest. Keep the new cutting away from your collection.

Water from the bottom only.

You can stick your finger down an inch into the soil to see if they're damp or not but you DO NOT want drenched plants unless you really want mealy bugs.
Rene10
Wauchula, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8313755

Lost all mine to cold!!! covered some & they got killed anyway! Have to start over!
festivus40
Lovington, IL

January 17, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8315332

Coleus Kong Rose Macro shot , the colors were so bright you almost needed sunglasses to shield your eyes ;)

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8315516

Wonderful macro, festivus.
sylguy
Austin, TX

January 17, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8315699

Wow, Festivus...that's gorgeous!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 17, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8315875

nice!
festivus40
Lovington, IL

January 17, 2011
11:41 PM

Post #8316503

Thank you for the kind comments, here's another pic of my Kong Coleus

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8316588

love kongs!
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

January 18, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8317750

Kongs look great! Hear are some of my cuttings taken in Oct. I can't believe how big they have gotten and it is only January. They will be indoors until May and are already taking over the house!

Carol

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daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

January 18, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8317753

Some more . . .

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daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

January 18, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8317761

Some of the larger ones . . .

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8317852

Great, Carol.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1150123/

Rosy Dawn ad is running. Just two weeks to order.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8318000

quick this year

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 18, 2011
7:43 PM

Post #8318176






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coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 18, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8318181

Oh wow Daisy, those are beautiful and healthy looking. Do you feed them? Do you pinch them back? I think mine are too close together! I'm running out of room and it's only January.

Darn, I just placed an order to RD last week. I should have waited.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

January 18, 2011
8:39 PM

Post #8318237

Hi Coleus Lover,

No, I dont feed the coleus. I am pinching them because they are getting too tall. They are too close together too because I have over 100 and they are all over the house. It is a pain watering all of them but they put on such a pretty show with their kaliedescope of colors and brighten the room! I think I better pass on ordering any at Rosy Dawn :(

Daisy

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 20, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8321510

This is one I don't see often. I believe it is 'city lights'. I got it from Ott's nursery in PA but it didn't have a label on it.

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coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 20, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8321514

This is a sport from my 'twist n twirl'. It has yellow and green sports like this, and also red ones. 'twist n twirl' is lot like the 'city lights' I posted earlier, but when you see them side by side they are quite different. 'twist' is indeed twisty, and it's not as compact and tight. It's more airy. I like them both.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 21, 2011
1:36 AM

Post #8321718

sports are neat

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:45 AM

Post #8321760

I like sports as well

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2011
3:29 AM

Post #8323623

This is another favorite of mine.
Jungle Love.Its a large upright and looked great on the path thru the east side of the garden

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2011
4:01 AM

Post #8323649

I also love this combo.
Caladium White Queen
coleus:Trailing queen, Yin Yan, Elfers ?maybe
Impatiens

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8323667

Jungle love looks like a winner

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8323698

I wondered if a bush of some sort would look good in the spot.
I plant a large annual and decide if the size on the landscape suits me.
The annual disappears over the winter and I either plant a bush there or not.
Its too shady for roses.I might just plant some clematis.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 22, 2011
4:57 AM

Post #8323713

Jungle is a goodie.

Jo Ann - a shade loving annual may perform much better than a clematis. We love our clems but they aren't exactly a very long blooming plant. As always, it's your choice.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8323754

Just exploring thoughts. Not writtin in stone.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 22, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8324238

I just updated my coleus table. Here are the varieties I currently have. I have 6 more ordered, but I'll wait until I get them to add to the table as I like to have the pictures be of my actual plants in my environment. If there is an * in front of the name, it means it's my best guess as plant didn't have a label. Any comments/corrections as to names or other statements would be welcomed.

http://mtlaurelgardenclub.tripod.com/coleus3/coleustable3.htm
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 22, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8324344

Your guess at 'Gay's Delight' is right.

Good job!

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 22, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8324688

I'm now feeling not quite so ridiculous in my coleus addition. My daughter, who is a seamstress in her spare time (new to coleus last summer, and yes now with the indoor lights), tells me she just completed making a blanket for her coleus. It hangs over the lights as it sometimes gets too cold in her basement. Ha Ha - and I thought my expenditures and efforts was getting carried away!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8324702

You are definatly moveing into the obcessed club.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 22, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8324793

coleuslover - since coleus are planted in beds having a blanket only makes sense - LOL.

Be careful with that blanket on the light fixture at night. I'd worry about a fire.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2011
3:07 AM

Post #8325325

LOL

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 23, 2011
6:10 AM

Post #8325500

Wow, I just discovered more about this DG web site:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/finder/index.php?sname=Coleus
is an area where you can see LOTS of beautiful user pictures on hundreds of varities of coleus. Now I think I need a new camera so I can get better pictures of these beauties.

btw, daughter informs me blanket is NOT over lights, but hanging from ceiling and not touching light.

I saw in a garden catalogue a plastic 'greenhouse' that does hang over the lights and completely encloses them. The heavy plastic must be fire resistant. It looked pretty neat.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8325529

Glad to hear the blanket isn't over the lights. Your daughter can put an old towel under the trays that hold the coleus. It won't warm them but will keep them from getting cold against metal or wood.

Plant Finders is great. It's fun to see how differently the same exact cultivar grows in different areas.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8325538

Here are some redesigned combos for 2011
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/NewCombos
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8325540

Very colorful.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8325543

It looks like a circus when they are all together but in reality the tubs are resonably placed far enough from each other.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

January 23, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8325812

I enjoyed your pics ge. That's a good idea to put them in picassa, then one can do a slide show. Beautiful!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8325821

I use Picasa to make the collages. That way I can match some of the colors.
ZoarGardener
Bolivar, OH

January 27, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8333895

Beautiful combinations, Joann! Is the speckled plant in photo 1 a caladium?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
1:41 AM

Post #8334493

Yes those are straps or dwarfs I cant remember.
Miss Muffet.
I grew them in a container last year.

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ZoarGardener
Bolivar, OH

January 28, 2011
4:36 AM

Post #8334584

Thanks, Joann. LOVE them! Might have to plant some myself.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
5:52 AM

Post #8334668

These arent my beauties but Fine Gardening mag has had a series of planter combos that are splendiferous.
I cant believe this is 1 planter altho Kingwood Karnival gets that big as does Magogany Giant.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8334675

Elfers got to 3' here last year so I can believe the size of that container.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8334677

Was that Elfers at the left?
What is the dark spiller on the right?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
5:58 AM

Post #8334682

Elfers isn't in the Fine Gardening photo. I don't know the spiller.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8334696

Here is my Kingwood Karnival last year. I put Elfers in pots they dont get as tall as yours.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8334702

Lovely placement.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8334711

I will plant a Honorine Jobert there this spring.
I plant coleus where I am thinking of a perennial, just to see the volume of the plant in the spot, if it goes well duering the season. I put a perennial there. Anemone is needed because there are no blooms there after the June July lilies etc are gone.
This is Jungle Love. The photos dont do it justice. It is just gorgeous.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8334719

I'll have to see if Rosy Dawn has it. Today's job is to get my order in to them. Their DG ad and discount ends soon.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8334727

She lists the plants in the notes. Trailing garnet Robe
http://www.finegardening.com/item/17914/containers-by-deanne-fortnam-part-4
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8334730

Okay! Normally they always do it so I was a bit surprised I didn't ask about it.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8334760

I see they say there are 2 pots there.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2011
6:44 AM

Post #8334793

Aha! It did look a bit too impossible to achieve with one pot.
dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 8, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8361293

Olympic Torch

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dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 8, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8361297

I didn't know what this was till about a week ago... talk about a transformation. Alligator... fun, big and beautiful

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dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 8, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8361302

More Alligator

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dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 8, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8361310

Isn't Kong amazing...this was from seed

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8362529

Here are my cuttings in the livingroom window. This is 1/4 of what I had last year. I learned it was a second career to keep 300 cuttings watered.
This year its easy.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8362530

another view.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 9, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8363024

Good job, Jo Ann. I'm way down in numbers from last winter, too. It was way too much watering and I felt like Gunga Din.

During this past winter I watered them a bit less than every two weeks - no more mealy bug woes.

Next week I'll start taking cuttings. The ones that did best are in a southwest exposure in front of an insulated glass door.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8363124

so many pretties!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8363244

Nice set up Pirl

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

February 9, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8363269

I think I must have over 300 coleus plants this year. Some are quite large. I find I am spending well over an hour a day just watering, trimming and checking/treating for bugs. I enjoy doing it though (except for the checking for mealy bugs). I have the m. bugs under control but not completely eradicated. Each day I find one or two more. I try not to overwater, but I can't let them wilt! What have others done to control these pesky bugs?

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 9, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8363284

It's not easy.

I water from the bottom only and I just water them about every two weeks. By then they're looking and feeling a tad wimpy. I'd rather do it that way than risk the MB's. IF I do find any I just ditch the entire plant rather than risk having them spread to other plants.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2011
2:07 AM

Post #8363828

Those are huge plants. Did they start as cuttings last summer?

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

February 10, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8363875

Those big plants in the picture, did NOT start as cuttings last summer. The one with red and yellow was a SMALL established plant that I bought in Oct. The others were containers I brought inside last Oct with the intention of using them for stock plants. I made cuttings from them but now can't force myself to throw out the container plants. It's such an addition! The one in front, kiwi fern, I don't even like. I have some other big ones too.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2011
3:53 AM

Post #8363877

addiction is right

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2011
3:56 AM

Post #8363880

Thanks for the information.My envy meter is at normal now.
I tried to winter over container plants one year. Cantignie Royalle didnt make it. I believe the small leaved plants are hard to keep in general.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8363990

I agree 100% and I also agree about Kiwi Fern.

For this winter I did keep many of my older coleus. Normally they don't over winter well but something went right for a change and they're all lush.
dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 10, 2011
6:39 AM

Post #8364093

Are you kidding... Kiwi fern is gorgeous. Maybe you just need to find the place where it is happiest. I have a lot of Kiwi fern and they look different in every location.

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HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

February 10, 2011
6:44 AM

Post #8364099

The most effective way to prevent mealy bugs is to treat all the coleus with a systemic pesticide. I've done this for the past two winters and have had absolutely NO sign of mealy bugs or white flies. Most systemics contain Imidacloprid, which from what I've read is derived from tobacco (nicotine). I've seen "organic" insecticides that have this as the "active ingredient". The easiest application is using Bayer 12-month Tree and Shrub Protect & Feed. You mix the required amount and apply it to the plant only once a year. Works wonderfully! I use it on all of my indoor plants (applying in the fall) and many of my outdoor shrubs, (applying in the spring) especially those attractive to Japanese beetles. The Bayer product is available at big box stores, including WalMart this spring, for under $20 for 40 oz. It's in a blue plastic bottle, and both in the 40 oz. size and a larger jug size. Up to last year, there were no instructions for potted plant use, but I found out about using it from another DG'ner who uses it on his hoyas and did the same with my potted plants and overwintered coleus. Now, there are instructions for use on potted plants. Sure beats cotton swabs and alcohol! (I'm overwintering 30 coleus standards that I started from cuttings last year, and about three dozen rooted cuttings from last fall.)

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dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 10, 2011
6:44 AM

Post #8364100

It is awesome to plant Kiwi fern with Merlin's Magic as the leaves are the same size and shape with the opposite color pattern.

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dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

February 10, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8364132

I totally agree with HoosierGreen and use the same method for my coleus. I have tried everything known to man to get rid of fungus gnats and it seems as though they just laugh at me but at least it works on the other pests.

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daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

February 10, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8364981

Interesting! I have 100+ Coleus and water from the top only! When I did water from the bottom, the plants were either getting too much or too little water. After a few days they were either too dry or soggy, which is not good. With top watering I have more control and can water all of my plants faster. I have to water mine every 5-6 days because they are in a warm sunny room and on sunny windowsills and dry out quickly and I don't feel like I am watering too often. I have seen a few mealies and get rid of them immediately and don't have a problem like I did several years ago. The key is to look under leaves and crevices for them and get rid of them right away. I don't know if the amount of water they receive promotes mealy bugs and have never read that before.

Carol

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8365078

Those are beauties, nice and compact. Mine are lanky.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 10, 2011
10:14 PM

Post #8365695

All those coleus are beautiful. My Rosy Dawn's are coming end of April. I have coleus envy. Besides being beautiful, they are so healthy looking. Maybe next year I will give cuttings again. Sharon.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

February 11, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8366145

Wow, I can't believe how infrequently some of you water you coleus. I need to water mine at least every other day. I suppose a lot of it depends on the temperature and humidity. My basement is way too warm. I wish I could find a way to cut down on the heat there. My son in law looked at it and said it was normal, but I don't think so. It's as warm down there as in my living room. Thanks for the info Hoosier on that Bayer product. Do you spray this on the plant? So there is no harm to any of the coleus from this spray? I just bought some horticulural oil, but I havn't tried it yet. Has anyone ever used that on their coleus?

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

February 11, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8366156

Well Dragon, if my kiwi fern looked like yours, I would indeed love it. The most color mine has ever had, indoors or out, is a tiny bit of yellow on the edge.

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daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

February 11, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8366278

I always use Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap and it gets rid of the mealies and eggs in crevices of the plants. I have even drenched a Coleus with it, which was infested with mealies a few years ago) and it did absolutely no damage to the foliage. I highly recommend it!

Carol

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