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Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 18, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9525377

I have two small places for collecting about 20~30 cultivars.

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southgal

May 18, 2013
9:41 PM

Post #9525423

Wow!!!! Those are so beautiful.Now thats a rainbow of colors..
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 19, 2013
2:52 AM

Post #9525496

Thanks, most of them are seed-grown types, I am now trying to place orders to Rosy Dawn because we don't have so many cutting-grown coleus like your market.

jasminesmom

jasminesmom
Saugerties, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2013
5:06 AM

Post #9525548

Absolutely stunning !!!!!
southgal

May 19, 2013
6:10 AM

Post #9525588

Your very welcome.They look amazing growing them from seeds.I think you did a great job with your yard.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2013
7:37 PM

Post #9526497

The plants look lovely. Yubiker, remove the flower spikes; don't permit them to bloom. If you permit them to bloom, they will get old looking too quickly and you will need to take cuttings to start new plants.
Marcia
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2013
8:47 PM

Post #9526573

You have some real beauties there!
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 19, 2013
9:12 PM

Post #9526585

Marcia ,I really appreciate your advice. Yes, I do have problems in keeping these seed-grown coleus because new cuttings from some of them will grow flower spikes again and again. It seems not good to use the cuttings because they donít grow as well as their parents. Besides, most of them will not last over 1 year even though we donít have the problem of overwintering in Taiwan, except the trailing form can live as perennial. In order to keep the quality of foliage color, I need their seeds to breed new young plants.
As I mentioned before, we donít have so many versified cutting-grown coleus in Taiwan. That is why I need to place overseas orders to try these new plants.
southgal

May 19, 2013
9:30 PM

Post #9526595

Yubiker,some people don't understand that you need your seeds,because y'all don't have the plants we do.I say BRAVO to you because you raised such colorful plants from seeds.Your garden is just busting with beautiful colors.

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Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 19, 2013
11:12 PM

Post #9526615

Yes, I understand your questioning about why I need your plants since Iíve already got so many plants by seeds. The reason is that the cultivars in your market are much more varied than ours. I think it deserves to import new ones to make our collection more abundant. And I am going to introduce them (such as Under the sea Series,Mint Mocha, Merlinís Magic, etc) to my friends in Taiwan. I really hope that more and more people will like these new cultivars.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9527061

Yubiker, you don't need to take cuttings, but do remove the spikes. The plants will be strongers and bushier.
southgal

May 20, 2013
9:38 AM

Post #9527087

Cathy166,Yubiker is trying to tell you that person needs to keep the bloom on their,because they need the seeds.That is the only way they can grow their plants.Please go back and read Yubikers post.
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 20, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9527204

I donít know how many people living in sub-tropical zones like me have met the same problems, but it will be risky if you only rely on cuttings instead of collecting seeds. Most of the upright forms of Coleus do not grow as perennial even though they can keep growing until the next year comes. The real problem is that cuttings from these old mother plants tend to grow flower spikes more quickly and will become ugly, and finally they will die. In comparison to that situation, young plants bred from seeds may grow better and longer(I believe the period from the young plant growing until blooming is the most beautiful life circle for us to use). So it becomes my first choice, cutting will be used only when it is emergent for me to preserve some cultivars without seeds.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2013
9:16 PM

Post #9527960

Yubiker, if you cut the spike before it emerges and blooms, your plants will grow stronger. You are more likely to bloom due to your full sun. In shade it is not so frequent. If you have a stronger plant, the cuttings themselves will be stronger and create sturdy roots. Don't take cuttings from spindly plants. Take cuttings from thicker stems.
southgal

May 20, 2013
9:26 PM

Post #9527965

Cathy166,please get it through your head that Yubiker needs the flower spikes in order to get her seeds.That is what she has been trying to tell you.That she has to use her flowers to get seeds.WAKE UP LADY AND READ YUBIKER'S THREAD!!!!!
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

May 20, 2013
11:40 PM

Post #9528005

Dear Cathy166, I can fully understand what you said about cutting, while the bad truth is that blooming is inevitable. Cutting the spike before it emerges and blooms can only hold for a while. Continuous pinching will make the original single stem branch and branch, and will make new leaves smaller, then more sub-branches bring more blooming and pinching as well. Considering about the problem that most of the upright form of coleus cannot grow to be perennial as the trailing forms do, I choose seeds to make new plants to ensure good quality of foliage.

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