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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 21, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8441253

I got many responses, very quickly. I think that I am loaded up on cuttings. Thanks everyone.

I hope to be able to return the favor as the summer progresses!

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

March 21, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8441316

Please Dmail me your address. It's still cold here with snow expected on Wednesday but I can mail them out next Monday - my pleasure for all the cuttings you sent me and so many other DG'ers.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8441331

dmail me as well.. they won't be your plants but I have others
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8441335

Same here. Glad to see the Northeast quick response!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8441339

did promise to return the favor when the time was right
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8441343

Yes, we both did and we're happy to help Dale now.
goodoldbake
Alexandria, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8441614

D-mail me your address, Dale.
Rene10
Wauchula, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8441895

Hope you get lots of them, Dale. You were very genrous with us. I wish I had some to send you!

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

March 22, 2011
5:08 AM

Post #8442446


I've never mailed cuttings, but I guess I could give it a try. Send me your address.
Are there any particular ones you'd like? These are what I have:

http://mtlaurelgardenclub.tripod.com/coleus3/coleustable3.htm

Except 'greenings yellow' died, and I don't want to take cuttings of 'copper' as I only have one small plant. It seems VERY hard to propagate!

rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8442497

Dale I would do it in a heartbeat if I could. I lost every single coleus I had last winter to mealy bugs. Over 100 varieties. I kind of took a break, but now I'm ready to get some more in here too. I miss them. :))

Juanita
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

March 22, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8443753

Juanita: Next winter, be sure to use a systemic on your coleus. I haven't lost a single plant or rooted cutting in three years. If you use the Bayer 12-month systemic, they are protected all winter with one application when you treat them in the fall. Not a sign of mealybugs or white fly ever!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 22, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8443821

never saw that one.. will keep my eyes open for it... thanks

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

March 23, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8445167

When do you think it would be safe to mail cuttings to points south? I am in NJ close to Philadelphia and we have snow predicted for today, so I think I should wait awhile.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8445325

My aim is for Monday. Should be fine then if we wrap them well.

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

March 24, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8448223

I will probably send mine out in about a week. Dale, I saw of picture of your 'grape expectations' in an earlier post. My plant doesn't look like that. Maybe it's 'stained glass'. It's one that didn't come with a label, so my name on that one is just "simialr to".

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2011
1:57 AM

Post #8448717

Glad your back
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 25, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8448736

Coleuslover, I have never been good on keeping track of the names...

GE, good to be back in the mix.

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coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

March 25, 2011
4:02 AM

Post #8448781

I've been having trouble with mealy bugs, but I'll be sure to thoroughly wash the cuttings before I mail any, so hopefully it won't be a problem. Anytime I see any bugs, I swab them with alcohol then spray the plant with insecticidial soap. I thought I had them licked and was so upset to find them again on several plants yesterday. I finally bought some of the Bayer tree and shrub systemic and put that on a few. I hope it's ok to use that on a little 2 inch pot! I just did about 10 of them so I'll wait about a week and see how they take it. I don't mind the work it takes to water and trim all these little beauties, but I'm sure getting discouraged when I have to deal with these bugs! I'm definetly going to winter fewer next year.
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

March 25, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8449872

If you put the systemic on in late fall, you will have no insect problems at all. Don't get discouraged!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

March 29, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8458507

Hi, Dale! I'll send a few cuttings if you wish, let me know. I have several plants that do not bloom, wheee. Of a total of only about 15 or 20 kinds of Coleus. I'm a Desert Rose nut now.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 29, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8459109

I am good for now, but, maybe later in the year?

Still somewhat spring like weather here>

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 31, 2011
1:47 AM

Post #8461957

Those are beauties
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 31, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8463671

And they came out sideways...hmmmm.

Here is a high water, high maintenance plant, Clerodendrum.

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

March 31, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8463737

It's gorgeous. How tall does it get in sunny Florida and does it come in other colors?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

March 31, 2011
9:03 PM

Post #8464117

Were you close to the tornado?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2011
3:26 PM

Post #8465511

Pirl, Up to 6', loves heat and water. Does well in a container, but, you would have to keep it on a heating pad most of the year.

Sharon, No tornados within 40 miles of me in Tampa. Just lots of rain - and we needed it.

I am looking forward to the day when I will have some new coleus photos, an old one will just have to do.

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

April 1, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8465643

That's a bit tall but still worthy of asking our local nursery guy about them. He's so knowledgeable and so professional.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8465697

Arlene,

Clerodendrum has a very long season of bloom, 4-5 months.

Here below is one that I love also. Purple Firespike, very short bloom season (maybe 2 months). I bet it would do better as summer container/winter house plant. It reminds me (vaguely) of the Lilacs from my youth. Now if it only had the smell that lilac have, ahhh, it would be perfect.

Unlike its cousin Red Firespike, the purple has not suffered any damage in the last two brutal winters that we had here in Tampa.

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

April 1, 2011
6:06 PM

Post #8465796

Very pretty, Dale. Reminds me of some flower but I can't come up with a name.

Were you raised where the lilacs bloom? We love the scent of them.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 2, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8466387

My mis-spent youth was in Minneapolis.

I fled that city for South Texas as soon as I was able.

I have been living in Palm tree country ever since. Central TX, Northern CA, South Florida...

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

April 2, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8466425

Aha! Then you know the beauty of joy of the snow. That's the optimistic view of it.

Sounds as though you headed for the heat. We tried two weeks in Texas (Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio) and had one great day followed by two weeks of rain/ice/sleet. That was back in 2003.

I'm just guessing Florida is your favorite place.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 2, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8468062

Well Dale, I was raised in this small mining town in Pioche, Nevada. I hve often told this tale and always got a laugh.

Pioche was a very small town of about 400 people. We went to high school with two other small towns down the road. My graduation class had 29 classmates.

I tell everyone, one day before graduation, I packed my bag,. The next day was graduation and the next day I was down the road. If not, I was stuck there the rest of my life. My brother, 1 year younger, still lives there and loves it. Not my style. One mile above sea level, and you would need to marry as cattle farmer.. Not my style. Sharon

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

April 4, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8472165

Ha ha, loved your story Worms! Maybe because I did the same thing from Michigan. Couldn't wait to get out of those horrible long cold winters. I headed out for San Diego where I lived for 12 years. Unfortunately, I ended up here on the East coast after a stint in Utah. My kids are pretty entrenched in this area so I'll probably never leave. At least I can always say, "IT'S BETTER THAN LIVING IN MICHIGAN!"


DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 4, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8472196

Sharon,

It is a good story.

I am certain this is not coleus>

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minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 4, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8472214

DaleTheGardener wrote:My mis-spent youth was in Minneapolis.

I fled that city for South Texas as soon as I was able.

I have been living in Palm tree country ever since. Central TX, Northern CA, South Florida...


LOL! What's wrong with Minneapolis...wait...which part?! LOL!
Would you like some cuttings of lilac? I have 10 shrubs in the yard. The "standard purple" one's that remind me of grandma.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 4, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8472235

Coleuslover123, You live in a beautiful area. I worked for a small mortgage company, Margaretten, which was purchased by Chemical, which was purchased by Travelers, which was purchased by Chase. Stayed in the same office for 35 years. They just kept changing the name on the door.

I was in New Jersey/New York many times. I was in your area several times and it is beautiful. Sharon.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 5, 2011
6:55 AM

Post #8473253

minnesippi,

Mpls is a fine city, except for the fact that they tore down almost all the nice brownstone bldgs, chopped up the city with freeways and have lost 45% of the population over the last 40 yrs. It still has some charm left, especially over by the Falls (were I grew up) and along the Parkway.

I will pass on the Lilac cuttings - lilac's perform best in zones 3-7. They wouldn't last a single summer here in zone 10a.

Rain lilies don't grow in the gardens in MN>

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 5, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8474752

I love rain lilies. Except here irrigation get them to bloom instead of rain.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2011
2:45 AM

Post #8475292

Love the purple creeping plant Dale
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2011
3:35 AM

Post #8475320

I like almost all the forms of Tradescantia, they make a great groundcover.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2011
3:36 AM

Post #8475322

zone envy
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

April 7, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8478515

Chickens love tradescantia, too! Yum! (Whatta mess they make!)
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8478902

The wild chickens that used to inhabit the orange tree across the alley never touched it...hmmmm.

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HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

April 7, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8479384

Dale..

I have grown some really nice and sizable coleus standards, some are up to six feet, from cuttings last spring. I plan to keep them at their heights and start pinching to get them to form nice "heads" this summer. What size pot do you recommend for them? I can get black plastic nursery pots in most any size. I'm thinking #3 pot so they would be more stable in a breeze. Most of them are in #1 or #2 pots now, and seem to be fine, but would #3 be better as they mature? From your photo on 4/7, it looks like some are in larger (#5) black pots.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2011
2:16 AM

Post #8479899

what a collection Dale
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8480927

HG, up to a #5 is about maximum, if you are moving them alone. #3 is easier. A 6 footer in a #3 is gonna need a lot of water on hot days, probably twice.

GE, the photo above was 2+ years ago, none of those plants exist any more.

Monkey Puzzle tree>

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HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

April 8, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8481302

Dale: Thanks for the info on pot size. I hope to overwinter these for at least a few years. I've read that coleus can be kept for many years and get quite strong stems if grown as a standard. It was fun training them last year, and this year they should be spectacular!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8481375

Yes, they will be 'the talk of the town'.

I like topiary...

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 8, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8481428

Dale, your plants may be gone but your talent is still there. Sharon.

The government is shut down. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? No answer required. Just thinking out loud.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8680815

Progress, not spectacular, but, good enough for me.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8680816

Just some modest sized plants in hanging baskets.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8680817

6 inches of rain today, so far...

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rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8680823

Lordy Dale. 6 inches??! WE just had 3 in about an hour. So now we have a flash flood warning. More on the way. Gotta love this weather.. NOT!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8680918

glad to see some of my babies made it for you Dale.. they all look great!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8680993

So nice to know you have coleus growing so well, Dale.
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 9, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8682581

Dale: the photo with two yellowish-greenish coleus: Pelé and Green Frills, I presume...?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8682691

Hi Alice!
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 10, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8683241

Hi there, Pirl, good to see you! I hope all is well with you and your coleus :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2011
4:40 AM

Post #8683255

Alice - is the one on the right in Dale's photo Green Frills? It's wonderful!
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8683626

Anyone willing to send me som Kiwi coleus cuttings for postage?
I have Inky Fingers and maybe 2 others that I haven't the names for. I would like to overwinter them in the greenhouse for next year.
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 10, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8683723

Pirl: the one to the right is Green Frills aka Lime Frills. It may also have other names, since it is a coleus :))

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

July 10, 2011
8:58 AM

Post #8683761

Thanks, Alice. I love that one!
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8685719

Dale I too lost everyone of mine to meallybugs. Threw up my hands and gave up on them. Reading the information above I might try again. Sure miss the color in my garden beds. twelve days of 100 degree weather and no rain nor any break seen in the next week. Everything here is dying on me. Burn ban on all the counties. Forgive my gab but have been away for a long spell.
rvnsbrk
Leesburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8685882

Ted!!! So good to see you. I haven't been hanging out here either, but I had posted to Dale's thread and when it came back up it found me. How the heck are you?

I went all last year without any coleus. I have restocked this summer, but at the first sign of a mealy bug I am gonna scream. Hot here, but we just had 2 inches of rain so the humidity is about a zillion %.

Miss you guys. Guess I should wander by the coleus forum and see if I recognize anyone.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 11, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8687271

Hello Alice. Where have you been? All is well. Sharon
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 12, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8687530

Hi Sharon,
I've been on a trip to Wonderland, but now I'm back :))

Actually, I'm more on Facebook now, but I will try to come around here more regulary. I'm still in love with coleus :)

What a good feeling to see that you wonderful coleus people are still gathered here
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 12, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8687604

I am on Facebook. Look me up. Sharon K. Winter.
alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

July 12, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8688377

Sharon!
Cool! of course we'll be FB friends - I'll look you up there immediately :)) I'm showing lots of photos there from our HUGE and ongoing renovation project (both house and property are having a total make-over)...

coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

July 22, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8708382

I had problems with mealy bugs inside last winter too, TAR. That was the first year I've ever had problems with them. Next year I'm using a systemic on everything before I bring it in, and at the first sign of any mealy bug I'm going to buy some of those mealy bug eating bugs. Hopefully they'll all stay down in the basement with the plants! Ha! More pics from around my tree in front. The ground hog has eaten all the ones in back. I sure hope they don't come up to the front! That's 'twist n twirl' on the left, a 'wizard sunset' center, 'max levering' to right of wizard, and 'atlas' on far right.


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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 22, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8708398

very pretty!
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 22, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8708844

coleuslover123,
Looks good. When I am your way, I'll stop and paint a pretty butterfly on the flat rock and give you some Louisiana mealys.
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2011
3:26 PM

Post #8728114

I got "Stiffed"...no one wants to trade at this time.
I am glad to know there is a systemic that I can use. That is definitely worth trying.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:31 AM

Post #8851045

For those who are still following this thread - and to the folks who sent me cuttings earlier this year thanks!!

Here is how things turned out>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:32 AM

Post #8851047

More

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:32 AM

Post #8851048

Another

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8851050

Look

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8851052

Candy Store

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8851056

Last one for now...

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

October 16, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8851059

Good to see your photos, Dale, and glad to know we could all help after all you've done for so many of us.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 16, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8851553

they look great Dale!!... glad you have them to enjoy!!... mine will be mush shortly
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9256720

"Curiosity killed the cat!" What is the proper or best way to pack and ship fresh plants? Never did it before and right now I don't have any to ship but it would be good to have this information.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9256767

Pippi, I never did it before last week. I put the ones with roots pulled out of water in on zip lock bag and the ones in soil together in another. I blew air into them so they were like a pillow. The one that came from the water had some water in the bottom of the bag, so I put tht whole bag into a larger zip bag also cushioned with air. The receiver said they arrived and were perfect. I did this last week so it was not so hot outside.

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

August 28, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9256785

Perfect, Marcia, and they are all thriving!~

Thank you so much!
denisemb
Ocala, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9257077

Pippi, a very kind DGer (#1) sent me a potted Electric Lime coleus that she had used packing tape attached to the pot to keep the dirt in & it arrived perfectly. She also sent unrooted cuttings in the "plastic pillow filled with air" method and every one survived. Another DGer (#2) had walked me through the "pillow" process of mailing unrooted cuttings priority mail on a Saturday with the cuttings arriving on Monday. I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it with my own eyes.

I mailed mine two ways - unrooted cuttings using the pillow process and I had water rooted cuttings using a variation shown on the Plant Trading Discussion forum. I wrapped the root stem of plants in damp paper towels, then wrapped the paper towel with Glad Press 'n Seal (leaving the leaves open to air). DG #1 said she only lost one out of the bunch.

ETA: Priority mail, not parcel post - I knew it started with a "p" do I get points for that, LOL.

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coleuslover123

coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

August 28, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9257624

Last year I wrapped my unrooted stem cuttings in a wet paper towel, which I then wrapped in plastic leaving the leaves out. I inserted the whole thing in a paper tube (ie paper towel carboard center) and mailed regular mail. I was told they all arrived ok and thrived. I did not mail them during hot weather. I think it was early fall. (NJ to FL)

I received some from DG user that were in soil plugs in a small 6 pack plastic planter, standing up in a cardboard box. They had tape over the soil to keep it from spilling. On the outside it said 'live plants'. They arrived in perfect condition and all did well. It was a little warmer when they were mailed, but not the brutal hot weather. I forget what kind of delivery but I think it was at least a couple of days (NJ to NJ ).

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9257692

priority mail my dear

;)
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9257826

I must have missed another thread somewhere..did Dale lose all his original plants to mealy bugs is his reason for asking for cuttings from other gardeners? I thought I saw a photo under a covered hoolhouse that had lots of coleus plants in buckets..am I missing something?

It is amazing and very generous of all of you to help him out. Evidently he has sent you cuttings in the past..I'm convinced that gardeners are among the most generous people. I have seen that at our plant swaps(MAG forum group).

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
4:47 AM

Post #9257928

he moved and sent us tons of cuttings before.. and we returned the favor once he was settled in

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9257944

Nice to see Dale back.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9258644

Yes, I always look forward to his post and pictures..He'll have the new rental house property looking spectacular in no time. I can't wait to see his pictures of success.
I have never grown coleus, caladiums, or the new heucheras. You should see some of the flowerbeds here in our gated, Sr. Citizen's community. They have a $35,000 yearly budget to spread over 650 acres. It is all well manicured and beautiful especially in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

There is a deep crimson velvet coleus that has caught my eye and it looks like they have mounded the soil then planted by the way it grows..Angelonia(purple)has done really well, as have the petunias and persian shield. They did a display of red and white petunias in a mass planting at the entrance to Administration build which houses a bank, post office, real estate and Administration offices.. Vinca didn't seem to do that good this year I noticed..Oh, wandering jew plants..need to sneak some cuttings of that and start my own. I know the head of the grounds crew..I'll ask him to sneak the cuttings for me! We had hundreds of deer so not only do the plants have to be drought tolerant but also Deer Resistant. They do so much damage and Management is trying to find the lease expensive way to get rid of them, It's become a real big problem and they are destoying so many trees and plants.
patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2012
9:20 PM

Post #9260030

Dale, sorry I missed your birthday yesterday. Hope it was great.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2012
12:24 AM

Post #9260076

Happy Belated Birthday Dale! I'm out west playing.
Dale isn't renting any more so he's planting peach trees and loving being a home owner.
I am so happy for him and to have a place to call home.
Sidney

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2012
3:14 AM

Post #9260108

that's awesome!!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

August 31, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9260675

Great for you Dale. Why not put up a list of what you are looking for your new landscape. I bet we all have a littl bit to send your way. Sharon
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 31, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9260762

Sign me up, too, for DG...Dale's Garden. I'm sure we all have something he'd love to have.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 1, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9261824

Thanks for the 'best wishes'...


I could use some free laborers!

Not one of these photos was taken at my home.

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

September 1, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #9261990

Dale I have the new Purple Lady that is variegated. Pink and purple.

The majority of the plants you have there in your photos do not grow here.

The plant in the third photo with the Purple Lady I purchase and plant in the shade in the summer. They freeze in the winter. Here it is considered a house plant. I saw them the last time I was in Hawaii. Growing everywhere outside.

Free labor is a dream but you get what you pay for. I have trained two in the last 8 years. Last one was for over 3 years. Hispanic with a family. One Saturday needed to leave early. Never seen again by me or his employer. He worked for me every Saturday. He knew everything I wanted and how I wanted it done. I think I am through training another helper. I am just using my current helper just for big time hard labor. But he is young with a strong back. I usually get my workers from the HOA landscape company. The supervisors let me know when someone needs extra money and is willing to work on Saturdays.

Sorry to ramble. Sharon

alice_sunn
Stockholm
Sweden

September 2, 2012
3:03 AM

Post #9262055

I would gladly be a free laborer if there coleus are to be planted, but the commuting will be too exhausting for me, I'm afraid :))

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 2, 2012
3:04 AM

Post #9262056

glad you are doing well Dale.. I could use some free laborers myself!!!

;)
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9262488

LOL! Alice!
jkstein
Peoria, AZ

October 20, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9310810

Dale

How did your cuttings grow? I sure could use some but I don't know how they fare through the mail?

Janice in Arizona
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9311588

I asked for coleus cutting last year and a couple of members were so generous. The only thing was that I fought with mealy bugs all winter long. I used the method with vermiculte and found the mealy bugs kept away which was a blessing for m.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 29, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #9370128

Dale in Tampa, glad to see you back.Congrats on ownership.

Free labor is to "dream the impossible dream" I am sure youll set everything up with minium maitainance.

Happy New Year to all

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