Just took time to pinch back my coleus cuttings this morning and take a good look at them. Overall, most of them are looking good, considering they have spent the winter in front of a Southwest window with no added light and only got water when they started to wilt. Looks like I'm ending up with about 40 coleus, and 4 Persian Shields and 4 lantana that were also started from cuttings. Just about the right amount for my pots and a few left over for bedding plants.
Zounds, Dale! That's quite a few amaryllis. I have one left in bloom now.
My coleus also spent the winter in a southwest exposure with water only when starting to wilt and they're doing so much better than last year.
Some were on the porch (same exposure) and some in the kitchen. Then last week we had an ant invasion in the kitchen pots so we had no choice but to bring them all outside to the table. We cover it morning and night with that protective white cloth (the name escapes me now) and they're enjoying the fresh air.
The coleus are getting so big, and I'm having a hard time keeping up with taking care of them. It seems like I have to water at least every other day. I went down today and some were wilting. Sob! Hopefully they'll bounce back. I think it's too warm in my basement!
I can't wait to get them outside. I brought up a few and set outside a little while today. It sure is going to be a job acclimatizing all of them. I propagated too many this year!
My poor coleus have been attacked my some nasty bug that looks like a little grasshopper and has lots of holes in the leaves. I am trying to get rid of them manually, but may give the plants a good spray of incesticide once they go outside, which I hope is soon.
That sure is pretty Dale. Do you know what the red coleus up front is? I've been trying to find a really bright red coleus and so far have not been successful. (My sedona was beautiful reddish, but not the bright fire engine red I'm looking for.) I ordered the redest RD had, but they are really all just maroon. I'm hoping they'll turn red once they get outside. I got 'stella red' and 'blushing zebra' and 'autumn'.
Dale, Poor India Frills! Always a bridesmaid, never a bride! ;)
Joann, check and see if that link works please. It could be my computer or something!
I am anxious to see combos as I'm headed to a "melt-me-down" nursery in Ft Lauderdale and down there, it's end of season.
I gathered several well leafed SPV from my front garden. They are Blackie and Ace of Spades. No Margarita to be found.
Ah hah! I needed to click on your image in the right hand corner.
You have some of the most beautiful Clematis I've ever seen.
I enjoyed your combos. I try for a coleus, a bloom, and usually some vine that's a color in the coleus, or bloom.
Dale you know I was referring to the "Shameless" picture.
Those red and green coleus are beautiful Dale. I love the way you have arranged that!
Everytime I go down to the basement to tend my coleus, I can practically hear them crying, 'give me sunlight'. I made 6 trips from basement to second floor and back today, to get a few of them upstairs on the window sills. I couldn't put them there before now as it was too cold. I probably shouldn't leave them there, but at least a few of them got a little sun bath today. 'sedona' and 'twist n twirl' especially needed it.
I have planted a few annuals already in spite of the cool nights, but am holding the coleus for awhile yet. Mine sure have a lot of holes in them after the bug problem, but it seems to be under control.
Coleus wont be happy outside until nights are in the high 50' and 60's.
This is the hardest time .The waiting for warm nights. I have lost many coleus by thinking its OK to put them out.
Then BAM nights isn the 30's and 40's for just a few days. The leaves all dropped off and the plants struggled all season.Looked awful too.
Of the hundreds of cultivars I've grown over the last ten-plus years the clearest of the reds (none are fire engine red that I've had) has been Vern Ogren's Crimson Velvet, and one that I think came out of U of Florida that is being called Redhead.
My poor cutting have sure gone downhill since the first photo posted here. First the bugs got them, then I forgot to water them and now the ones that are still alive are getting leggy. May have to pinch the tops, root and start them. Now sure it's worth all the work. I'm not good about taking care of plants in the house.
I overwintered almost three dozen varieties of coleus this winter, and they look great. With cuttings taken from them this month, I figure I have saved enough money by not having to buy them again, but they are "paying me back" for their original cost as I sell them at a reasonable price to friends. The gro-light set up was not cheap, but should last for years. I have dozens of each variety to use or sell this spring, at no new cost, worth hundreds of dollars.
I hear you, Dale. Florida conditions are sure different from the Midwest. The cuttings or plants we have to buy in the spring are usually around $5 @, and we can't even put them out until the middle of May. Early October frosts end the season, so if we can start with nice sized plants that we overwintered, we can enjoy their effect in the garden, since they are large enough to see them, for weeks longer than otherwise.
Still cool and wet here this spring, but we need all the rain to make up for the drought last summer and fall.
$2.50 or so for a 4" pot here outside of Philadelphia unless you can find 6-paks of stuff like the Wizard Series or Carefree or Black Dragon if you are lucky.
We are on the same schedule as the Midwest -- same latitude, roughly with some microclimate considerations that can be better or worse depending on large bodies of water like bays or the oceans in my general tri-state area.
Yes, Dale, I would love some of each.
I am also battleing a herd of mischievous squirrels on top of everything else. It appears they enjoy just digging up the rooted coleus balls and tossing them to the side or on the ground. At least they don't chomp into the stems. (Knock on wood!) LOL
I have resorted to sprinkling some "Repel all" around the planter boxes. It has garlic and dried blood in it. Hope it doesn't attract some Italian Turkey Buzzards.
Minor catastrophe here last night. Temps got down to 33 and I didn't get my coleus in from my unheated greenhouse. Looking on the bright side, they are still alive and only half of them were out there. The rest are still living happily in my living room.
Overall, I'm glad I took the cuttings and will probably do it again. I ended up with enough that I won't have to buy any new ones this year and had some Persian Shields to give away. I didn't use supplemental lighting at all, just set them in a South Window.
News tonight said Utah, Northern Nevada and Colorado has 750% increase in snow level. Now if they get warm weather to soon, then, especially Utah, will get flooding big time.
I got my order from Rosey Dawn. Planted on Saturday. We were 93 degrees yesterday. Tomorrow low 80s and Tuesday mid 70s with rain and then back up. Poor coleus probably they have been planted in hell.
I had Red Planet last year and it was just about like a neon sign in the filtered shade. I loved it and forgot to order. Hopefully I can find it locally. They always bring in the coleus about one month too late.
Love to you all from the Southwest. By the time you are planting, we will be heading for the beach to get away from the triple digit temperatures. Sharon.
My RD order came yesterday.
Why do I bother to take cuttings when their plants are so big and hearty. I have had my cuttings in for nearly a week and not much sigh of progress. Some are doing better than others,Mahogany Giants,Kingwood Karnival.I think they are indestructable. My Trailing Queens are dropping leaves due to a couple of nights near 40*
I suspect everything will catch up in a month.
I'm slow in getting all my coleus planted. I made too many cuttings this year (and probably will next year too, ha ha). I was going to get started early today to beat the heat, and already at 10am it is 88 degrees, and probably 100 or more in the sun. I got my porch boxes done at least. The one in the center is a sport of 'twist n twirl', and on the ends is 'raspberry sun'. I think they both will tolerate some sun, but they won't get any here, so hopefully they'll do ok in full shade.
This is the other box. Not the same but close enough to look symetrical I think. The one in the center is 'lime frills' and on the ends is 'kona red'. 'kona red' sure looks a lot like 'atlas'. Only when they are next to each other, can I sometimes tell the difference. 'kona red' is slower growing and smaller though.