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
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
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
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.