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