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lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 7, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8411706

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.

How did the rest of you do with yours overwinter?

susan

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 7, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8412118

Table 1 in the south west window. nearly all are large uprights. Some are Trailing Queen

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 7, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8412119

Table 2

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 11, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8488648

Kind of quiet here in the Coleus Zone.

Thought this would be a good one to kick up to the top of the heap.

Things are going well here in west central Florida.

The amaryllis are finishing up their blooms>

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

April 11, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8488794

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.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

April 11, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8489092

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!
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2011
10:10 PM

Post #8489191

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2011
1:45 AM

Post #8489278

Woah
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2011
2:52 AM

Post #8489303

lincolnitess,

Have you tried Diatomaceous earth? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

I use it on the grasshoppers in the yard. I dust them and the plants they chew on.

Cool fern, staghorn type>

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8494957

Wow Dale!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8495025

I just took a cutting of Canina. Its the only one I needed more of.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

April 14, 2011
1:45 PM

Post #8495609

ColeusLover 123, I hear ya! I propagated over 100 and they are all doing so good! They are getting so big and full and can't wait to get them all outside, instead of watering them for an hour!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2011
2:15 AM

Post #8496903

There is a downside to cuttings.I had no idea I would be making so many trips to the sink.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8497228

I haven't increased my watering by much. That will probably change in the next month. They do much better for me on the dry side as opposed to the moist side.
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

April 15, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8498237

But cuttings sure save LOTS of money! The watering and other work is certainly worth it. I figure I save over $200 each year and have so many more plants of my favorite varieties, the many to share!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8498349

I would not have a coleus collection if it weren't for cuttings...

This is not my beautiful house>

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coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

April 16, 2011
3:44 AM

Post #8499251

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'.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2011
4:26 AM

Post #8499273

If you have a mostly sunny spot try Elfers,Its red in sun.
Its behind Glory in this photo

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8500197

Mighty pretty plants you have GE

Shameless>

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8500311

Thats a nice one Dale.
Combos for this year.
https://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/LatestCombosApril162011
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2011
10:32 PM

Post #8501066

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.
Sidney

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
2:32 AM

Post #8501186

Sugarweed: Its you
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2011
3:32 AM

Post #8501206

Sugar, I have always been content to be a part of the supporting cast.

Can't remember the names>

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8502103

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.
Sidney

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

April 17, 2011
4:48 PM

Post #8502620

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2011
2:36 AM

Post #8516801

Mine are really leaping along. I have another month to wait before they go out.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 24, 2011
3:46 AM

Post #8516815

You are a patient soul...

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2011
3:57 AM

Post #8516817

No choice Dale. Night temps are in the 40's until late May We dont set out any annuals until Memorial Day.

Its killin me.
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2011
11:26 PM

Post #8525517

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2011
1:29 AM

Post #8525554

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.
scalplantmaniac
Vista, CA

May 1, 2011
6:57 AM

Post #8531893

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.
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2011
2:05 AM

Post #8533727

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.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 2, 2011
2:54 AM

Post #8533753

I work with plants every day and would not consider having one plant in the house.

It is just easier to start over every new season.

Red Planet, it won't grow here in Tampa, too hot>

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2011
3:02 AM

Post #8533759

it happens to the best of us

Bummer it won't grow there Dale.. it's one of my favs
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

May 2, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8535634

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.

It sure is worth the effort to me!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 3, 2011
3:33 AM

Post #8536205

Good investment then.

Since coleus are widely grown here it is easier for me to buy them at 79 cents.

I have one grower who is always asking me for cuttings. I give them to her and she always kills them or kills most of them when winter rolls around. How odd.

Un-named hybrid>

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 3, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8536246

it is worth it for me as well... I started over after loosing all mine in the GH in Nov... was a lot of work building back up.. easier to maintain... love the colors on that one Dale
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8536312

I got four deck boxes tossed and lost many coleus by small tornado. Anyone who has extras for sale please let me know.
Sidney
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 3, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8536331

Sidney,

I have several Dipt in Wine and Defiance if you want some of them.

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slsharris
Norristown, PA

May 3, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8536352

I just got "Defiance." Saw a couple of attractive NOID varities -- may go back and get them and ask for your help.

Sharon
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

May 3, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8536585

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.
slsharris
Norristown, PA

May 3, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8536750

$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.

S.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2011
8:24 PM

Post #8540520

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.
Sidney
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 5, 2011
3:48 AM

Post #8540804

Sidney,

If you have the time - covering the top of the pot with chicken wire helps.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2011
4:46 AM

Post #8540884

Dale

that is gorgeous!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8540889

Gee, it's a mirror image of my plants! Ha ha ha ha.
ZoarGardener
Bolivar, OH

May 5, 2011
3:10 PM

Post #8542095

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.

Dale -- loved the pic! How gorgeuos!
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 8, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8548707

These are my cuttings taken in the fall. Lost many but some still live on.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8548751

nice!!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8548763

SpringColor,

Is that snow recent?

From the orchid show today>

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springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 8, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8548935

No snow just a reflection on the glass. One of our rare sun breaks.
Nice orchid.
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2011
9:36 PM

Post #8548949

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 8, 2011
9:58 PM

Post #8548970

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2011
1:24 AM

Post #8587797

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2011
1:56 AM

Post #8590101

Here are 2 containers ,just planted Wednesday.
#1 My Kingwood Karnival cutting,at the right,their RedCoat.
The KK in this pot was a parent plant,so its larger than other cuttings.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2011
1:57 AM

Post #8590102

#2 Their Electric Lime and Trailing Burgandy and my Mahogant Giant.
The marker indicated there are bulbs in that spot.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 27, 2011
2:30 AM

Post #8590116

very nice JoAnn

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2011
2:37 AM

Post #8590120

I keep a monthly file from now on. I love to watch the progress.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 27, 2011
3:01 AM

Post #8590125

I love that too

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

May 31, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8598870

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.

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coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

May 31, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8598875

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.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 31, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8599795

looking good!!!

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