Now that containers are at their peak,I took a look at waht was going on in my DeckGarden.
Its hard to choose but The kitchen door containre is just lush and the little coilpot on the deck steps with Coleus Elfers and CaladiumWhite Queen is beyond what I expected.Its another "toss and hope"situation.
ge1836 ~ Your containers are gorgeous. We've had such a hot, hot summer here in the south...most of my containers are looking pretty sad about now (even the marigolds and zinnias are struggling). It's nice to see your plants looking so happy and healthy!
Does anyone know of a source for the mahogany coleus shown above? It is just gorgeous with the caladium. I have a big place in our church garden that would be perfect for the two, I have caladiums there now.
Polly, that is so nice, thank you. I have a small greenhouse that I use for overwintering and propagation. I wonder if wrapping some stems in damp paper towels inside a zip lock bag would work. I'd be glad to pay shipping.
you got it kids... Cathy is right... I use damp paper towels... and cover the ends with a baggie or even better... press and seal wrap.. and wrap the bottom like you would a bridal bouquet ... in the box it's self I use either newspaper or paper towels...(in case any of the leaves get wet.. they won't rot then)... if going a long distance in warm weather I will put some expanded polymer gels in the paper towel as well.. but for us northerners this time of year ... that won't be necessary
when shipping... the bigger the cutting the better... some don't ship well and you have a better chance if you can get 2 cuttings off of one.. if that isn't an option don't worry too much ... they do take a lot of abuse...
I have received cuttings from NC Farms that were an inch big.. and just stuck in a baggie sealed up... and had great success with them.. another example is Dale sent me cuttings from FL in the dead of summer... in a garbage bag and the majority of them made it.. only a few wilted badly...
coleus cuttings are the easiest thing to ship that's for sure!!!... I go over the top to make sure they arrive the way I sent them
oh one more thing.. Cathy when you get them... if they look good just re cut the ends and stick them in soil... sometimes they callus over.. if there are multiple sets of leaves... cut the bottom set off ... if the leaves are massive I will leave the tip alone and cut all the big leaves in half... if they arrive wilted you might want to cut the bottom ... soak them in water for an hour or two before you pot them up .. hope that wasn't TMI
Thanks Allison! I knew you'd know. Much appreciated! Do I leave the leaves whole, and does it matter if I cut them anyplace special on the stem as long as I send quite a long piece? They are very tall, so that's not going to be a problem.
Cathy, if you want to dmail me your address, I'll get them out to you Monday. It's starting to get cool at night here, so probably the sooner, the better.
I'd like to chime in here and add.
If the leaves arrive wilted, dont assume the cutting is lost. Just take a bowl of tepid water and lay the entire cutting in it and next morning it should be fine.
The same goes for planted cuttings. They all tend to wilt a bit at first,just keep them watered until they pirk up.
Duering the winter I let mu cuttings get quite dry before watering.Too much winter water brings on mealybugs.
Mahogany Giants winter well and respond to cuttings nicely,no problem with that variety.
I posted an album showing how I take cuttings. I just found it.
Others might do this differently but this is my method and so far it has worked.
Certainly Allison is the champ,she has been doing it longer than I have.
There was a good sequence of "how to take cuttings" a couple of years ago. I cant remember who took the time to make it but I got a lot of info from it. http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/ColeusCuttingsHowTo?authkey=Gv1sRgCILs4Y-os9fsHQ
I have about a mile of the dark sweet potato vine and a smaller amount of the lime green, would anyone want some? I put the cuttings in damp sand and most root easily, much like the coleus. Send a d-mail with your address with what color(s) you would like. It likes full sun but will do well in light shade, too. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/80500/
I use anything thats long and pointy ,except my finger.The wilted coleus cuttings in a bowl of water trick was from Pirl.
It must be the same principal as refreshing lettuce except the coleus doesnt go in the fridg.
The cuttings Polly sent are going great, thanks again Polly! I took small cuttings from the big ones, and rooted them in sand and put the large cuttings in water since the stems were thick, they are already putting up new growth. It is so fun getting new plants that way.
Thats a reliefe.
Mine are getting taller and sending out branches.
There has been frost suggested for next weekend .Extreemly cold nights in the low 30's.If you have cuttings outside they will not make it.
Coleus dont like temps below 50*
I expect it will be the end of the ones in planters and the garden.
Thats what I say.
DD's are still outside. She brought 1 in.
I might have to do it. There are only 3 but they are hers.
She took a cuttinh of Sedona which barely made it for me last year.
It spent the summer in the garden and finally made a decent height about 2 weeks ago.
I will buy some from RD for next year.
Our Master Gardener group plant the planters in the city. This is the one I did. I wish I would of used some more contrasting colors, I planted different types of foliage but the potatoe vine took over so it didn't stand out very much, and I never got the one plant to bloom, it should of had little white blooms all over it.
I love the pics you guys have posted and can hopefully help me next year.
Happ, I like the planter you did, maybe a dark potato vine next year? We do the gardens at church, and I find I have to chop the potato vines back, but they sure do fill in and keep the weeds away. Do you lift the potato before a freeze for next year?
Thank you for comments on the city planter, I think next year I want to do BRIGHT colors. I must of been in a quiet mode when I picked the plants for it this year...rofl. I am not normally a dark plant person, but the last couple of years I have noticed I have moved more that direction. Strange.
Happ, mine is a plant and the bloom look likr little red cigars with the ends lite.
I'll see if I have a closeup.
LOL I responde to moode too. Your choices were great.Just remember there isnt anything better than your first idea.Every idea after that is just a "different" idea, not right or wrong.
I love tropicals in a northern garden.
There is dripping off my roof so I know there is thawing going on.
I have been looking to see if the average daily temps are going up.Not much.
When I am outside the sun feels warmer.No migrating birds yet. Redwings are first,no sighn of them.
I had planted a few clems in containres last spring.
By July I could only find 3 that were still going.
It occurred to me to transplant as soon as the container soil was thawed.
Yesterday the soil was too stiff.
Good thing these clems were marked with growers little stake.
I was disparing of Kilan Donehue yesterday and was told clems sometimes take a time out.
Surprised and thrilled to see a live sprout. I still have to move the plant as its in a clay planter. The fiber planters dont crack when left out all winter.
I sound like I am rambling and the last post dealt with Caladiums but just had to express how happy I am.
Ita hard to choose a favorite combination but here is another one of mine.
Coleus Fiesta and Trailing Red
Was the source to purchase the Mahogony Giant Coleus mentioned or did I miss it?That with the caladium is breath taking! Thanks for sharing. I just remembered I got a catalogue from some caladium growing co. in Fla. this week. Guess it's in the pile to be read/looked at. Thanks for the reminder; will see if it is in there.
Pirl, that is stunning! I love that combo. Do you have pictures of your beds verses just close ups? I've got a few things that need redone and need fresh ideas. Yesterday in the rose beds really bummed me out. Oh so much loss.
You opened that one up - how about a cutting of Lady in Red - LOL shipping and a trade?
I'm 90 % sun. I have several trellis to make with copper and we did lots of mulch today (enjoying 62 degrees for the past 2 days).
I really need plants to fill in gaps below roses/clematis or the like. Something that will hold true most of the summer. I have beds that are not mulched but are a mix match but need low growing, full spring/summer coverage. I move stuff around so much.
The bed I have a problem with is on slant. I have a few small evergreens, a few roses/clematis, an orange butterfly WEED (not bush) and bulbs but need something, full sun, that carries the low growth to cover up as many weeds as possible. Do they make such a thing? If I mulched my beds I would be broke. I guess I need a new perspective on those beds.
Over the last 2 years I've cut out almost all iris, daylilies and anything that leaves a mess when not at top speed. I have no patience so it's all or nothing for me.
I'm so tired right now that I can barely type, let alone think. It will all be brighter in the morning...except for more rain for the next 3 days.
I don't know when Lady In Red was intro'd but watch your plant patents. I don't want to get into the discussion about how it's OK to do it in your backyard, of course it's not, but the plant police probably aren't coming knocking. But try to do it privately at least, to be safe.