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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2010
7:42 AM

Post #8096409

I have over 30 named varieties to take cuttings from.. First come first served. This week or early October. Any one interested?
maozamom
Orrville, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
2:06 PM

Post #8097174

I'm interested if you're offering these for postage.
JolieB
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 17, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #8104241

I would love to get some cuttings from you. This year was my first foray into growing Coleus, and I'm hooked!
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2010
7:34 AM

Post #8105775

Please Dmail me your address and I'll try to send something out to you the first week of October.

Also, let me know any specifics on kinds you'd like sun? color? trailer?

Thanks,

Judy
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2010
4:33 AM

Post #8111403

Am I too late?

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2010
4:57 AM

Post #8111426

Am I too late too?
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2010
7:44 AM

Post #8146324

I am a week behind. Family emergency. If you all are still interested, send me a Dmail so I have your name and address to send them out this week and next.
gemp
Belmont, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 9, 2010
9:36 PM

Post #8147775

As much as I like Coleuses, i can't turn down your offer.
You have D-Mail
Thanks
Greg
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

October 10, 2010
4:05 AM

Post #8147913

I would like some... sending dmail

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2010
4:40 AM

Post #8147925

Appreciate this so much, Judy. :-)
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 11, 2010
6:53 PM

Post #8151266

I,ve heard from the following people: Maozamom, Jolie, Busy Gardener, C'ville, Dragonman, Fruit of vine, Gemp and Georgia Girl.

Each box will contain the following cuttings
Red Ruffles
Roaring Fire
Henna
Royal Glissade
Defiance
Merlin's Magic
Garnet Robe (2 cuttings a trailer)
Each of the above cuttings should yield two plants

Rest of box will hold assortment according to any stated preferences as to color, etc.

Postage will be $10.70 Priority Mail Tried to find a cheaper way to ship but as this is my first time doing this didn't want to risk damage to cuttings. I would appreciate reimbursement for shipping by check in return mail unless you are unhappy with your package.

Still time to state a preference or two. Hope to ship out Tues/Wed and Thurs

Sorry I don't have time to Dmail everyone. Thanks, Judy
gemp
Belmont, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 11, 2010
8:26 PM

Post #8151408

Thank you very much.
Greg
JolieB
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 11, 2010
8:42 PM

Post #8151438

Thank you so much, Judy.
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

October 12, 2010
3:11 AM

Post #8151662

Sounds great, thank you

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 12, 2010
5:02 AM

Post #8151733

That's fine by me. Again, thank you so much!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 12, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #8151873

A mix sounds good to me and no problem reimbursing you for postage. Thank you, Judy!
dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

October 12, 2010
8:21 AM

Post #8152056

Thank you Judy, I just set up a beautiful greenhouse. Your babies should love it in there... Thank you so much. Mychal
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 14, 2010
6:23 AM

Post #8155345

Sending out boxes today. Hope they arrive safely and grow well and multiply for you all. Maybe some of thes grandkid coleus can come back and visit me next summer! Hint Hint. In any event please let me know how they are on arrival so I can adjust my methods in case I do this again.

And, for all of us who have the "end of coleus season" blues. I hear you. Sigh

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
7:13 AM

Post #8155432

Now that sounds like fun with the 'grandkids'. :-)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2010
9:05 AM

Post #8158934

These are beautiful & healthy, Judy, and your packing method is brilliant. Perfect timing to receive these since our night temps are beginning to dip into the 40's. Already have the cuttings potted up and inside. If I can keep them happy over Winter, you're first in line for a new crop of grand kids :)

Thank you for your generosity and I'm...

Wishing You a Wonderful Happy Birthday!
Susan

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #8158987

Just now received mine, Judy, and they are in great shape and beautiful! Thank you so much! I'm heading out to pot them right now.

Cheers,
Carole

dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

October 16, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #8159047

Better than Christmas... what fun it was to go through all the bags to find all the different babies in there. The extra surprises were awesome !!!! Thank you Judy : ) M
gemp
Belmont, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 16, 2010
6:24 PM

Post #8159791

WOW what a box full of great cuttings! All set to go for the long winter under the lights.
Thanks again.
Also have a very happy B-Day
Greg
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

October 16, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #8159832

Got mine too, love them. Thanks so much!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #8159913

Just dropping by to say, Happy Birthday to coleup!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #8160023

Happy Birthday Coleup.
May you have a great year of Coleus color and success.
Sidney
JolieB
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2010
1:17 PM

Post #8164584

Mine arrived today! Didn't seem to mind the extra days the post office had them (pretty sure that was because of the great way they were packed). Love 'em all. Thank you so very much!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 11, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #8207361

Judy, The cuttings looked pretty sad the first few days after I planted them and thought for sure several would be goners. Now they're nice and perky, have put on new leaves, and are doing well. Knock on wood I'll be able to keep them alive over Winter and don't get mealybugs.

Anybody else have a report to share?
dragonmanlv
Springdale, UT

November 11, 2010
10:24 PM

Post #8207502

Same here... I really thought I was gonna loose all my cuttings. I ended up removing all the leaves and just rooting the stems and now they look awesome. Merlin's Magic was the worst, it arrived leafless I guess it just doesn't transport well...looks good now.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2010
3:30 AM

Post #8207579

I debated on whether to root them as they were or remove the leaves this time and just root the stems. I let them rehydrate in a vase of water for a day or two and then potted them up as they were. They are doing great with only one or two that didn't survive and hopefully they will do well in my garage through the winter.

They are gorgeous!! Thank you again, Judy, for your generosity.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 10, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8365051

Coleup, if you decide to do this again, would you add me to your list? I really like green and white, green and yellows and the one called Sedona Sunset but I enjoy them all. I just now saw the posting. Cam
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8365324

Mine bit the dust. They sure were pretty while they lasted and several grew 8-10" tall. Guess they just don't like my indoor environment. Or chalk it up to my black thumb...the same thing happened last year and most of those were cuttings from my plants.

Anybody else having better luck?

Kgb4013
Broxton, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 14, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8371529

Mine are gone also, I have a greenhouse and I tried to maintain 40 degrees but they didn't make it. I have ordered a few from Gebhardts' and RD though and I will start again. Sharon Broxton, Ga zone 8
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

February 14, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8371864

Yes , they are doing fine . I got about 43 and 35 are coming next month . Normally here in zone 10 we can overwinter coleuses. They may be tall , lanky and in bad shape , but they survive. Last year we had a devastating winter , and poof... all of my plants were gone. So I figured since all of you take the time to overwinter them , I could do the same. Well this winters weather was equally as bad.

What a struggle to keep them going. I have a new found respect on the effort that you people in the north tundra go through !

When we have overnight temps in the upper 60 ° and the day time highs @ 75° I put them outside.So I have been doing the in and out thing LOL ! But we were so cold in December and January the they were in the house
for over a month . Boy did they start to look sickly. They don’t like to be in temperature below 60° - 65° do they .

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

February 14, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8371992

No, they don't. They prefer warmer temperatures.

The frozen tundra around here is melting fast today, most thankfully.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

February 14, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8372219

Yes , we are warming up also. Plants are starting to leaf out . Wont be long :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8372230

We have quite awhile before the "leafing out" happens here!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8372561

Ordering cuttings annually is probably the best way for me to go too. When our greenhouses reopen, they'll still only have a smidgen of the selections found online. Mine looked so healthy, but then so did cuttings from my garden Christmas before last. That was before I had the bright idea to take more cuttings since they were large enough, and sadly lost every one within a week. It's good to know it wasn't because I don't have a greenhouse, which is something I desperately want and one day will have. Along with a gazebo with a hot tub...lol Nothing like dreaming when it's still a dreary Winter day.







coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

February 14, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8372570

Most of my cuttings are doing well. It's not only the warm temperature they want, but plenty of light. I had a problem with mealy bugs, and do still see one now and then, but I"ve been spraying about every other day with 1/2 water and 1/2 alcohol mixture. I want to get a sytemic but not sure what to get for the potted plants. I've also sprayed a little with sevin, but I think that's kind of hard on the plants. I've got over 300 plants. About half will be put in the garden club plant sale, the only half into my yard. Some were plants I brought in last fall, and they take up way too much room!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2011
2:29 AM

Post #8378430

This is my coleus cutting spot for 2011.
Compare with the completely full window of 2010.
Yes I even had them in the bathroom ( photo far right)

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Rene10
Wauchula, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 18, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8379210

Lost all mine! I have some little ones coming up from seed, don't know what they will be. They are volunteers from last year.
weloveouryard
Jupiter, FL

February 18, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8379234

Rene 10 If you are ever traveling thru Jupter let me know. I will hand you some over my fence :)
pensacolagarden
Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8380662

I would love some cuttings if any left.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 11, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8420922

No coleus, so far, this year. I did plant my watermelons in home made earth boxes and they are doing great.

I don't have a photo of the boxes so I will send a old photos of some over wintered plants at a nursery.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 12, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8422312

Hope I can do that next year down here.
pensacolagarden
Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8752863

If you do this again this year can I get some?
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2011
8:21 PM

Post #8756778

Happy Birthday, sugarweed! Hope you had a good one.

sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8757322

Thanks FOV, I woke up 65 and it was painless.
Sidney
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8757380

way to go Sidney!!! Happy Birthday!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8757389

Thanks,
In Sept I will be accepting cuttings to over winter.
At that time I'll post a new thread.
Sidney
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 15, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8757972

I would like to know when do you start to root the cuttings, It does not freeze here till November. Just before freezing or can start in October. Thanks for answer, if anybody has it. Etelka

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

August 15, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8758036

I would take them in September, Etelka, just to be safe. If any fail you would still have time to take more. One year I waited too long and it wasn't good at all.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8758175

Just my 2 cents, Kiseta. Take some cuttings now and practice! All of my coleus could use a trim or pinch here and there and will fill in quickly by fall.


One advantage of taking cuttings now is that they will root so readily while soil and air temps are well above fifty. And, they can live outside until time to come in. When it is time to come in those cuttings should be robust enough to take cuttings from them!

Or take two or three from each now and then each week and see which ones are in the best shape for over wintering. I am talking rooting in soil not water.

Would be good to here from Sydney or Dale as their zone conditions are more like yours (tropical) than Pirl's or mine. Be sure to pinch out the growing tip on your cuttings

In any event, have fun! Coleus are very forgiving plants.
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 15, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8758346

Thank you both, very much. I already tried to root cuttings in dirt, some failed so I know how it feels to try and not get good results. I bought some of the Rutone, does that help or it is a overrated thing. Today I went to a large nursery and they had 4 for 10 doll. coleus, very large, that I don't have and all I can think, wow, I can have so many cuttings from tham. Do you keep them under light over the winter, or just at a good window. ?? Thanks again, Etelka
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8758410

Buy a bag of soil-less mix, Etelka. Like Miracle Gro or any similar brand will do. Put your cuttings into damp (not drenching wet) mix and either outside in shade or, if you wish, in a sunny window. They can be grown under lights but that's not required. They root so easily that there's no need for the hormone powder.
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 15, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8758439

Hi Pirl, I was just looking today how to move furniture in the livingroom to get closer to the two windows I have. In this little house (and little mortgage, thank God) and the large oak tree, I have to use any space to get some light. It is true that the oak tree sheds its leaves in the winter, but it is still nicer when I don't have shelving and plant lights front of every window. I guess I can use the mud room and set up some shelving there. I discovered coleus this year and I just love them. Thank you again for your help. Sleep good, hope the deers leave your plants alone. Etelka
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8758467

If your windows are low enough and you have a picnic bench you can bring inside, you can put a pretty tablecloth (even plastic is fine) over it and keep your plants at the window.

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 16, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8759434

I am planning on mailing some cuttings and am not sure how to package them. Will wet paper towels wrapped in newspaper be enough?
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 16, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8759436

I would love to join the coleus cuttings list...plezzzzzzzz
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 16, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8759522

Pirl, is soilless mix something like peat moss, because I have a large bag of it??
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2011
10:36 PM

Post #8765772

In the South we have a great deal of dampness and fungus which rootone does help overcome.
I always use Miracle Grow Potting soil, and usually with moisture control.

As for mailing cuttings I have found taking 10 inch cuttings as I would gathering a bouquet, then putting them in a one gallon zip lock bag with some air blown in it works well.
I cut after the morning dew is dry and keep them out of any sunlight.
I then put them in a free Priority Mailer and ship.
The postage is usually less than $7.00.

Hope this helps.
Sidney
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8769462

Thanks for sharing your shipping method, Sugarweed. I'll give that a try. I am guessing I don't put holes in the zip lock to keep the moisture in.

I appreciate it.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8769675

Don't put holes or any moisture in the ziplock. Just blow into the bag and seal.
Sidney
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2011
11:47 AM

Post #8771118

Well then, that means don't wrap in damp paper towels???
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8771630

I don't, but it's just a matter of preference.
I have done all of that in the past and find it just adds weight.
I have mailed to a friend overseas and with her instruction I didn't wrap with wet anything. Just put in Ziploc and mail.
They arrive just fine.
Wooter who is the web master at Coleus Finder, http://www.coleusfinder.org/pictures.php?table_next_page=2 , says blowing into the bag before sealing supplies carbon monoxide for their trip. I also avoid letting the sun hit them directly before getting them in the box.
I just sent this to a friend who is sending me some;
These are the boxes I use;
[HYPERLINK@shop.usps.com]
They are delivered free and as coleus cuttings in a 1.5 gallon Ziploc don't weigh much, the postage is always less than $10. including delivery confirmation.
You can order packs of 10 or 25 boxes free from the PO and if you can weigh the box and print a label, they will pick them up free. The boxes have very strong peel and stick tape on both ends so no tape needed. I also write addresses on the box so no label is needed.
I don't have that printing capabilities so I cut and mail on Saturday morning. The PO has less mail on Saturdays so I usually get them delivered on Monday. I learned the Saturday shipping trick from Rosey Dawn.
I hope this helps,
Sidney

plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8772673

I must give it a try. Thanks ever so Sid. Are there any restrictions for mailing abroad? This is why I have steered away from traders outside the US.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2011
4:25 PM

Post #8773508

Oh yes, many countries don't want any soil mail into their borders.
This is the only smuggling I do! How can I deny a fellow Coleus Addict???
You can call Fed Ex and ask them. They will know.
Sidney
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8773658

Thanks Sid. I appreciate you knowledge.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
5:54 AM

Post #8852190

Hi every one. Well it is time again to say adieu to my coleus beauties this year and as I put them to bed I will again have cuttings to share as I can't just put them in the compost bin!

So, if you want some, please let me know asap as I would hope to ship this Sat or following Mon.
for postage.

I also have cuttings of plectranthus "Mona Lavender" to share. It is the blue flowered plant in my
coleus bouquet.

Just sent a Dmail blast to 16 of you who have showed an interest or got some last year.

As I say goodbye to this season, I dream of some of these snow bird coleus returning in April!!!

Hope all stay well and warm.

Judy





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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 17, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8853283

It's hard to say adieu to them to quickly die outside when I can kill them slowly in the house.GRIN

I try to plant the rooted cuttings in window boxes to keep as many as possible. My best grower is Henna. She did well last winter and thrived all summer, so I'd better keep close tabs.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8853317

lol Cathy I learned many years ago that over wintering coleus in my house just doesn't work for me so, glad to have them travel to where they will be happy and live long and prosper!

And sorry, I posted the wrong pic above. Here is the correct one

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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
5:21 AM

Post #8969576

Just wondering will the seed be true or not?
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #8970091

No. But you may get a new cultivar.

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