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Coleus standards..how to..

Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

The following pics are to help those that want to make coleus trees.... to see how easy it is.

Step #1 select a straight coleus cutting of the tallest type you grow.(best ones are varieties that don't bloom often) In this case Coleus "Redcoat"

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Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

Step #2 repot the cutting into a larger sized pot. I use 8 inch mum pots usually.

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Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

Step #3 remove the leaves and side shoots from the bottom third of the cutting.see side shoots near my fingertip.Best way is to snip them out right next to the main stem, I use my fingernails..LOL

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Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

Step #4 this is how the cutting should appear after removing the shoots and extra leaves.

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Step #5 Place a bamboo stake next to the main stem, push it all the way to the bottom of the pot.Use a stake the aproximate height of the finished tree(standard).

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Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

Step #6 attach twist ties about every 4 or 5 inches up and down the stem as the cutting grows.If you don't keep monitoring the plants development it can grow crooked. Where foliage is retained place the ties just above the leaf stem. DO NOT attach the ties too tightly, keep them slightly loose or it will cut into the trunk as the cutting grows.

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Step #7 your tree is now ready to grow, DO NOT pinch out the terminal stem(center of the growing tip) until it reaches the height you want.Just remember that the taller the tree the easier for the trunk to fall over because of a top heavy tree. A tree about 28 " inches tall is about right.If a taller tree is needed use a larger diameter bamboo stake.

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Step #8 when the tree reaches the height you want, pinch out the center tip.This will make the side shoots increase and start growing. Keep only the top third of side shootsand leaves, remove the rest.As side shoots grow pinch out the tips of these too to keep increasing the number of branches. Have fun and keep the flowers removed when they show up.


this sound easy or what?? :-)

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks for the great instructions.
I was gifted with a plug tray of 1' leggy coleus. I am now considering tieing - up some of those for standards. Would you do that?
Sidney

Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

When life gives you lemons...you make lemonade........go for it. :-)

Kyle

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks Kyle,
I really enjoy your pictures and looks like a great season for you.
Sidney

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Sugarweed, if you have one foot high leggy coleus, and you have any growth around the base at all, and I mean just small leaves coming out of the nodes, I would absolutely cut them back-to about 4" from the dirt.
I cut my coleus back all the time-from the time that I transplant, and it has not branched at all ( as long as I see those new leaves at the base) to large ones that have just got too big-I whack them back to the base-they grow like weeds and can really handle hard pruning. I would keep them in the semi-shade, filtered light or inside window until the new leaves get larger and stronger ( I usually cut them back again at this point-but I am going for really bushy plants) and then you can put them back in the sun if they are sun coleus.
I promise, they will come back better than ever. The key is to cut them back when you see new growth below where you are cutting back.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks Tiger,
These 50 are planted out by my curb. They have no ground level leaf growth.
They will have to show me something before I cut them back. It's very early in the season yet.
I will retrieve 6 for "Standardizing".
Sidney

Montreal, QC(Zone 4b)

Hi Kyle. I have been trying to make standards at home under my fluorescent lamps, all my plants went into bloom before they reached the desired height. Any idea of what could be wrong? I used Pinneaple, Alabama Sunset and Gay's Delight.

Thanks

Norwalk, IA(Zone 5b)

a lot of mine are blooming too soon too..been a strange spring, bout all you can do is take a few side shoots root them and start over.
Kyle

Montreal, QC(Zone 4b)

That's what I will try if I can get rid of a generalised mite infestation in my other plants, I am such in a despair; this year, I started so many new thing that I wouldn't like to loose. Thanks a lot.

Weedville, PA(Zone 6a)

Kyle, thanks so much for posting this, you really helped me out! I'm new to Coleus as a stand alone plant...I always just thought of them as filler plants. This forum convinced me to start a pack and a 1/2 of seeds and every one germinated!! As you can imagine, I'm looking for lots of interesting things to do w/ Coleus this year! LOL! I'm sure that by frost time this fall I'll have learned a lot about my new babies.

Thanks for the step by step, I'm saving it to my favorites. I think these would make great gift plants in a cute pot, since they can be grown indoors also!

Heather

Glen Riddle Lima, PA

bumping an old thread because i am trying to grow coleus standards with:

trailing pink and green (oddly, tjhis is the straightest and tallest one so far)
kiwi fern
fright night

i'm waiting to try on my larger leaved varieties as soon as they grow.

my question is: when you pinch out at the top, how far above the determined height do new shoots grow... in other words, if I cut it at 24 inches, will my final topiary actually be 28 inches or so in height after the new branches branch out and are pinched back? i'm concerned because although i will be keeping them in a sheltered place, i'm concerned that they'll topple over even if they're supported by a bamboo stake.

hope it's not a silly question.

thanks,

joy


Painesville, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks for posting! I just ordered Japanese Giant and I think it would be perfect for this! I can't wait to try it! Tamara

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Tamara,
I actually had Japanese Giant last year, with the same thought in mind, unfortunately the stem was broke when they arrived.
As for standards, do put them in a heavy pot so they will have a good foundation.
I tried some last summer with Florida Sun Jade, and in plastic one gallon pots, they were hard to keep standing.
Here is also another tutorial for standards http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/extras/51coleusstandard.php
Sidney

Painesville, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks for the tip and the link, Sidney! Tamara

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Here's a picture of my feeble attempts:

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Painesville, OH(Zone 5b)

Sidney, I think that looks great! I'm excited to try it myself this summer! Tamara

bangalore, India

Hi
Is this Coleus Forskholii?
Pl reply
Best regards
Carallumaraj

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Welcome Carallumaraj
Well, this is Coleus Florida Sun Jade.
I however ran into Coleus Forskholii on the internet and started a thread about it here http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/680635/
At this time I am not sure if all Coleus are Coleus Forskholii, or if it is a specific plant.
Please share what you know about it with us.

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Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

sugarweed, pic on 1/27 @ 7:21pm: is that going on right now or is this a pic from last summer. Either way I'm impressed, just curious.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Unfortunately it's a picture from last June.
Here's another of that evening.

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Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

I was going to be totally impressed if they looked like that in the middle of Jan.!
very nice. I love standards of anything--roses, coleus, brugs, buddleia. hibbies. I love standards, period.

Almere, Netherlands

Yep,
the Japanese are masters in creating standards. It seems that they are also breeding more and more own coleus cultivars, but it is so hard the make some sense out of these Japanese pages, even with tools like google translate. If I am correct, they have now a selection of 'Swinging Linda' which they call 'Linda' and which is more colorfull in that it has broader pink edges. Some interesting cultivars, which I think are Japanese, are Moonlight, Midnight Green and Lemon Candy. Anyone here who can confirm this, goes to Japan soon and can look for Japanese varieties, or reads Japanese?

Wouter

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

I am attempting to do one today. Boutique Fetish
Got it in a self watering pot.

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

Me to Voss. I have always been a lollipop lover. I will need to try this myself in summer. I have seen a few in person and they are so cool.

Wouter, the Japanese must be such great gardeners. Their mgs too are just fantastic from what I have seen of them in pictures.

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

I have some Perillas (both the purple and the vanilla type) that I'm going to try to make standards out of. They're related to coleus.

Steve

(AnjL) Fremont, CA(Zone 9b)

*bumping* great thread!

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Yep, she's hooked!

(AnjL) Fremont, CA(Zone 9b)

lol! yes, definitely am!

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Don't feel bad, I read the entire 1200 step program thread, which I don't think they got past #6, but believe me, it was LONG. I think I have hit every one, even where Brinda was so excited about the new sun coleus. THAT was a long time ago. LOL.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Did you get to my naked lady story yet?
;)

(AnjL) Fremont, CA(Zone 9b)

wait! where is the 1200 step thread? I must go see it! lol!

Yukon, OK(Zone 7b)

Oh... the naked lady story! Sidney, I'm laughing all over again. I think that must have been one of the funniest stories I've ever heard!!! Was it on the 1200 step threads?

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