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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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
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.
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?
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.