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coleuslover123
Mount Laurel, NJ

June 30, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8664859

I'm getting a lot of lower leaf drop on my coleus, which is outside. When it was inside and happening, I assumed it was due to not enough light. Now I"m getting it on some of the plants outside. Does anyone know what causes this? They are not suffering from lack of water.

DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2011
6:07 PM

Post #8665055

Light frequent fertilizing will help...maybe.

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

June 30, 2011
6:11 PM

Post #8665059

Are you sure it's not just the normal course for the plant and that it's just older leaves dying?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8665085

If the plant is in good light then the dropping leaves should be replaced by side shoots. If you don't see new buds developing then light level is too low or the plant in 'hungry'.

I am guessing with all your experience the light level is fine.

I use a generic miracle gro or time released fert for mine. Feed lightly once a week for a couple weeks too see.

Long ago and far away, this one will never be seen again>

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

June 30, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8665089

That's a real shame, Dale. It's beautiful.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8665095

it was beautiful

this one met the same fate>

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 30, 2011
10:42 PM

Post #8665504

I think I might have both of those. I started another 50 cuttings today.
I get leaf drop when the lower leaves get no light.
They also may be over watered. Just what that means here. Add a dab of Hydrogen Peroxide to your water. I foliar feed with a mist.
I also check the main stalk. If it's getting woody I take cuttings and toss the stalk.
Sidney

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