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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

December 26, 2005
9:20 AM

Post #1939554

Hi, coleus lovers!
This summer ,I had a pleasant experience shaping a coleus like a tree.
Is there any body who did like this ?

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patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 26, 2005
11:59 AM

Post #1939623

Tomtom, what a lovely surprise to see you posting! The pictures you have shared with us in the past are in my archives of FAVORITES! Of course we are all Coleus lovers here, and your tree shaped Coleus is a real treat. As usual, the request is for MORE pictures!
Pati
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

December 26, 2005
1:07 PM

Post #1939669

Beautiful. It could be used as a Christmas tree if it had tiny lights in it. Thanks for sharing the photo.

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

December 26, 2005
2:22 PM

Post #1939746

Tomtom,
You have given me something to aim for.
Sidney

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

December 26, 2005
3:28 PM

Post #1939822

This is one of many I have grown as bonsai.

Al

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2005
7:08 PM

Post #1940115

Al,

How do you have "many" as bonsai? Doesn't each bonsai need a certain amount of space around it to admire properly it? (Wonders if he has an enormous house...)

And Tomtom, what a great idea! Was it difficult?

xxxx, Carrie

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

December 26, 2005
7:45 PM

Post #1940169

WOW, these are really something.

Al, how old it that one?

Hap

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

December 26, 2005
10:01 PM

Post #1940315

Carrie - The life of a bonsai is not always spent in perfect form. The plant must be allowed to grow freely to gain strength, and then be pruned back. Roots must also be pruned so the plant can remain in a small container. After the pruning, the plant needs a period of recovery. Vigorous bonsai, like Coleus, are probably at their best two or three times per year. Other bonsai may only be in peak form once per year or even every other year, and then only for a few weeks. I have many plants in a large growing area in the basement under lights that are in various stages of development as bonsai - maybe 75 or so. Though most are tropical or sub-tropical trees and shrubs, think there are 4 Coleus in the mix right now. I often give these away to get people interested in bonsai.

Happy - I think the plant in the picture is being over-wintered for the 3rd or 4th year.

Tomtom - I read your post on another forum (papercrete) with great interest. I wish I understood the process more fully. It would be a very interesting subject/project for a bonsai club workshop. I'll continue to follow it. Thank you for posting it.

Al

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

December 26, 2005
10:38 PM

Post #1940347

Thanks Al.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

December 27, 2005
7:46 AM

Post #1940786

Hi,Pati,
Thank you so much for housing my pictures in your archives. I attempted to shape
four coleuses like a tree this summer.
Only two were successful. They needed constant care.
Take a look at the other one,will do?
---------***----------***-----------
Yes ,Susan, splendid idea to use it a Chrismas tree! You've only got to place it in the room earlier.
---------***----------***-----------
Thank you, Sidney. Just have a try, I insist.

---------***----------***-----------
Al.Nobody else has ever thought of growing coleus as BONSAI !!
I'm sure I'll try.
I'm also grateful to you for having a look at my Papercrete containers.

---------***----------***-----------
Carrie, I'd say it was no easy job since it was my first trial.
You know coleus grows so fast and gets out style easily.
It was pleasant and worth doing it, though.

Tomtom


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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

December 27, 2005
7:57 AM

Post #1940788

The Tree- shaped coleus was displayed like this.
You can see their leaves are smaller than those of ordinary coleus.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

December 27, 2005
8:05 AM

Post #1940789

These mop shaped Coleuses were made by a friend of mine.
I love them too.

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Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

December 27, 2005
10:41 AM

Post #1940809

Those are called Standards. You probably have seen this done with roses. They are too beautiful

Hap
daylily970
Coshocton, OH
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2005
11:45 AM

Post #1940905

tomtom, the tree and mop shaped coleus are beautiful!

belinda

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2005
10:01 PM

Post #1941574

Al, thanks for your answer - I truly had no idea! My goodness! Here I was puzzling over bonsai and wondering why they cost so much, because the bonsai sites I've looked at have had a very welcoming [to beginners] approach. "Sure you can do it, ANYONE can do it, you can do it with dandelions, you can do it with ANY plant!" I truly appreciate the information. Everything makes much more sense now.

xxxx, Carrie
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

December 30, 2005
12:56 AM

Post #1944765

That is soooo cool, TomTom! Glad to see you posting your neat collections.

Al your bonsai coleus is neat! I've been wanting to get into bonsai but been chicken.

:) Donna
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

January 1, 2006
3:57 AM

Post #1948568

Hap et al.

Happy new year to you all!
-----------------------------------
Hap,
Thank you so much for letting me know what they're usually called.

----------------------------------
belinda,
I'm highly flattered.
---------------------------------
Donna,
Long time no see :)
Thanks a lot for having a look at hte pics.

Tomtom
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

January 1, 2006
4:54 AM

Post #1948622

What follows are the step-by-step pictures of making tree-shaped coleus.
I'll be happy if they're of some use.
1DPlant young coleus.
2DTops of the unwanted shoots are nipped off. Place a prop the length of your propective tree coleus in the pot.Every time shoots overgrow, nip them off and grow the plant according to your image.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

January 1, 2006
4:55 AM

Post #1948624

‚RDTransplant them since the pots are getting too small.
‚SDSince the foot gets vacant, you may embede the cuttins there.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

January 1, 2006
4:59 AM

Post #1948626

‚TDPull the props out if you find them unsuited.
‚U. It's biginning to turn and tree coleus is nearly completed.

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PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 1, 2006
6:11 AM

Post #1948674

Happy New Year to you to Tomtom!! Thank you for the step by step pictures. Can't wait to try it out this Spring.
:) Donna
daylily970
Coshocton, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2006
9:32 AM

Post #1950260

tomtom - thanks for the instructions. i'm going to try this in the spring. happy new year to you! belinda
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2006
4:13 PM

Post #1954477

Thanks Tomtom and Happy New Year.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 2, 2006
6:55 PM

Post #2081754

Just wanted to bump up this one and add that I think the instructions here are good too. About the same as Tomtom's. Ihttp://www.gardengatemagazine.com/extras/51coleusstandarda.php
I have ordered 2 Japanese Giants to do standards out of. I'm also planting a sphere with coleus after tomtom's inspiration.
Sidney
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 3, 2006
8:09 PM

Post #2084352

TomTom, your creativity, photos, and instructions are inspiring! I hope to make the containers per your instructions and perhaps use them for coleus art as you and Al have done. Al, the bonsai is striking. Thank you, both. Laura
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2006
2:45 AM

Post #2087410

TomTom and Al, you both are an inspirationg with your creativity. I think both of you have more patience than I do. I do have several bonsai and have lost quite a few over the years..

Thanks to both of you for your photos and instructions.

DonnaS
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2007
12:37 AM

Post #3245519

bump
eskinola
Glen Riddle Lima, PA

March 4, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #3246581

ooooh,

thanks for bumping this thread! i saw it a while back and couldn't find it. another coleus project...

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


March 4, 2007
5:14 PM

Post #3247356

Well shoot Sidney, your link doesn't work. What are Japanese Giants? I want to do this too. LOL. TomTom always has such delightful displays to enjoy.
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2007
6:02 PM

Post #3247470

Kell, Rosy Dawn has Japanese Giants. I'm waiting for mine to come when the weather gets warmer. Tamara

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


March 4, 2007
7:05 PM

Post #3247632

So of course I am rushing off to look at Rosy Dawn. LOL
Brinda
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

March 4, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3247672

Oh Kell! Don't look...you're doomed if you look! LOL

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


March 4, 2007
7:29 PM

Post #3247684

Ain't that the truth!! LOL
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2007
7:59 PM

Post #3247762

If I could, I'd get one of everything!!! *drool, drool* ;-) Tamara
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2007
1:44 AM

Post #3248788

Great thread. Thanks to all who bumped it and to Tom Tom and Al - great work - truly inspiring.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

September 30, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #7118533

Bump

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 30, 2009
10:18 AM

Post #7119022

yes thank you!!!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 2, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #7128469

Hahaha, to Carrie that said any plant can be bonsaied, I wanna bonsai a coconut tree!

For Coleus, maybe a tube so the plant would strain upward toward the light, then when tall enough, allowed to spread. For a spreading, small leaved Coleus? Like Inky Toes?

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 3, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #7128516

I got one to grow to 8' 4". Check the Guinness World Book of Records. Anything is possible.

Hap
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 3, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #7128614

Oh, come on, which Coleus? A Japanese Giant? I don't have the book!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 3, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #7128632

Ha, Hap, nothing there! Tell me some search words. Not coleus nor coleus tall. How's your nose?!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 3, 2009
11:46 AM

Post #7129976

I have been told I have a very tiny, cute, button nose. Thank you very much. hehe.

Try looking on page 129 under "Tallest Plants" in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Book of Records; Nancy Lee Spilove
OR
on page 85 in the book by our own Ray Rogers called, "Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens." That has the whole story.

It's really true and it was a fun event in my life. I beat out the last record which was 4' something. Heck, that's a normal size for my beauties.

Hap
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 3, 2009
12:12 PM

Post #7130006

OK! I had a rather boring coleus that just got bigger and bigger, shoulder height before I "lost" it because I had to move. It was a really huge plant, as I hadn't pinched or pruned at all. But it was a bland green with bland brownish blotches. So sorry it didn't have interesting colors, shape or design!

Maybe I'll try something here...hmm...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2009
8:52 AM

Post #7136192

wow ,just found this.
Happy - tom-tom,
do you tree coleus with any particular variety

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 5, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #7136928

Mine just grew and grew. It was a cutting that a friend gave me so it a NOID.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 9, 2010
8:47 PM

Post #7446354

Bump
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 9, 2010
11:18 PM

Post #7446817

I have a Kingswood Karnival that's looking like a little Redwood, the way it's shooting up. The main stem is the biggest of any coleus I have so far.

And today I saw a ragweed that was so huge I had to stop the car to look at it! Maybe I'll put a coleus cutting there. The ragweed's stem was still bigger than my thumb at five feet tall, whew.
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8423167

I am having difficulty finding unusual coleus seeds. Any suggestions.

TomTom,
do you begin with coleus seeds or coleus plants

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8423263

I do both seeds & cuttings
http://summerhillseeds.com/advanced_search_result.html?keyword=coleus&zenid=aab584db4708c5ee3f652c749e76c2de&search_in_description=1
http://www.hazzardsgreenhouse.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Hazwho&Category_Code=ACD&Offset=336&Previous_Stack[1]=296&Previous_Stack[2]=254&Previous_Stack[3]=214&Previous_Stack[4]=166&Previous_Stack[5]=126&Previous_Stack[6]=84&Previous_Stack[7]=42&Previous_Stack[8]=&Previous_Stack_Depth=8
http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annuals/coleus.html
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/store/TextSearch?storeId=10101&SearchUnion=Y&CustSearchText=coleus&x=0&y=0

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
3:01 AM

Post #8423620

Fantastic

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8423632

I bought from Hazzards for the first time this year... not that I need instructions for the coleus but I had to look up sowing directions for some others that I bought... they instead have bible quotes on the packs.. but seem very nice

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
3:48 AM

Post #8423636

GROAAAAAAN

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2011
4:22 AM

Post #8423649

annoyed me that I had to look up instructions ... but I would buy from them again

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8423658

The god stuff isnt necessary on a seedpak back. Instructions are.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8423926

I agree
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

March 13, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8423995

plantsforpeg: I think it's difficult to find really unusual coleus from seed. Most of the outstanding varieties are from cuttings. One of the characteristics of "outstanding" in my book is that the coleus do NOT flower readily, blooming very late in the season if at all, which makes them excellent in the garden, but lousy for getting seed! Of the over thirty varieties I planted from cuttings last year (Gephart's and Rosy Dawn cuttings), only two had any bloom by September, and they were only a few spikes on each plant. Seed is cheaper, but if you can overwinter cuttings from plants, they are certainly worth the effort!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8424010

I love overwintering cuttings. I believe I am weeks ahead when I plant in late May.
Nights are too cold for coleus until then.

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

March 13, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8424058

Tomtom - how are you? We're seeing all kinds of horrible destruction in Japan on the news. Thinking of you,

Arlene

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

March 13, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8425013

Hi Arlene and ge... I too hope that TomTom is OK!

Prayers coming for all.


Hap

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
2:22 AM

Post #8425565

I second that
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 15, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8427872

Thanks for the information all. I would love to try the coleus tree.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

March 15, 2011
4:51 AM

Post #8427903

Hi all,

I deeply appreciate your concern.
My family and I live quite far away from the epicenter.
Still I feel so sad every day when I think of those who are suffering
from the disaster.
Thank so much again.

Tomtom

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8427904

Thanks for a response. We are all concerned for your countrymen/women.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8427957

Thanks for writing, Tomtom. Glad to know you're safe and we all feel for the people in your country.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

March 15, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8427971

TomTom,

You are truly blessed.

Hap

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2011
10:43 AM

Post #8428485

TomTom, I have been thinking of you (and the seeds you sent me) and hoping for news like this about you and your family. The tragedy is unbearable.
GordonHawk
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8444590

Great work here TomTom... the projects and applications you've posted over the years have always been insprational... and a joy for all...
over in containers there was concern for you.. so we were happily directed here to find you ...
we all share the sadness... of the great human physcal and emotional suffering ...
A friends son.. working there.. recently returned from his safe and unaffected area of Japan... for a vist of a few days with his mother here.. he said he and the local folks there... had an almost guilty feeling being so passed over by the immediate disaster... where so many were so compleately distroyed.. I'm sure everyone would have taken a bit of the pain if it would have lessened the impact of those so heavily burdened.. All the best...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8444935

'Survivor guilt' is common in tragedies and wars. (Ask a veteran.)

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