New thread on New babies for Newbie!

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

Thats too funny Alice. All those names are relevant to our forum. Maybe we SHOULD be naming our Coleus after rock stars like Dale suggested some time ago. Hope you get those tickets. Keeping my fingers crossed for you :-)

Dont know the name of that coleus but it looks like a green Tilt-a-Whirl. T-A-W has red in it thou.

Funny you should mention Money, I just did an article about a Money Plant... Lunnaria annua. Its used for its coin shaped leaves in dried arrangments. I just love it and am growing some for next year.

Traci
Thank you for your expertise on the matter in question :-)))
Since it is acceptable, in your professional estimation, to depict and post the propagation, planting, and dissemination of information pertaining to Coleus and any other botanical species which may occur in its vicinity, I present to you, Lunnaria annua. Please accept this as a small token of my gratitude to you!

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

No, thanks necessary, Mame. Just doing what any good doc would do who lives by the Hippocratic Oath. Research and development of new techniques are crucial in a hospital. I do appreciate the money though. Hospitals are financially draining.

Dr. Pupilcolii

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

;-)

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Wow, I have been neglectful of my duties. I am running out the door the photograph the young uns.

Alice and Janet (who I called Linda in a 4:00 am post, go figure) there is usually a common denominator that draws people together. I do believe we have found ours. CLASS ROCK. Janis Joplin (oh, another good coleus rock star. Anyone have one of those crazy haired dolls?) is amazing. The Doors, Rolling Stones, Cream, Psychodelic Furs are all great. But I must say, I LOVE ELVIS!!! I went to see him in Mother's tummy in 1973. He was a true pioneer, mixing jazz and rock with flair which led to such greats as those named above. Also, he can sing gospel like nobody's business.

Will have updates soon.

Dr. Pupilcolii

P.S. The good doctor still need a specialist to advise about moving to individual pots and pinching. See post on Sept 14th. Calling all Drs.!!!!

First pic of Aunt Janet's when they arrived.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

.....ahhhh Elvis. A memory that will stay with me forever is the time I jumped the fence after Elvis's funeral and was chased out of Graceland by a young Lisa Marie. I don't care who you are that's a great story ..... Elvis fan or not.

(And to tie that little tidbit into this thread, I believe that If I never find a name for NOID 1 and NOID 2 I shall call them Elvis and Lisa Marie).

Taylor Creek, FL(Zone 10a)

Okay here's the scoop on instructions. H2O2 - put a tablespoon of hydrogen peroide in a quart of water for more oxygen. Can also use 1 drop of Superthrive in the water, not sure what it is or does, but just feel like I'm being a better mommy when I do use it.
Plant in some fresh potting soil. If you start out with 4" pots you should do fine, however if you use 6" or gallon pots you will have room to plant and root some cuttings in the momma pot. Sometimes teensy might 'pick' some and you can add them to the same pot also.
Roots developed in soil are more sturdy and take up nutrients (sp?) better.
As for pinching, pinch the new leaves off the growing tip and you get 2 new stems, pinch those growing tip leaves off and you will have 4, etc., etc. Makes a nicely groomed bushy plant. Remove all flowers unless you want to try to raise off-spring. Rarely are the seeds true to the parent! However you might try intentionally crossing them for some hopefuls.
Well, I know you young folks hardly ever listen to Granny, but this is info you ask for.
Carry on Dr PP
;)

Richmond Hill, GA

Jada, That Hibiscus is to die for, color is amazing. Could I send you SASE for some Luna seeds? I've been watching over this thread hoping all the new arrivals would make it. My babies from Lala are doing great now that I followed her advise and potted them in perlite and soil. They had been in water for two days since they arrived. Traci, Yes I've been bitten by the coleus bug as you stated in another thread to me. I love coming home from work everyday and checking their progress. Well I'm off to work here. BTW, I love the rocker theme. My Dark Side Of the Moon album is worn out. LOL but as you can see by my sign on name they are my second favorite. Can you guess my first?
Happy gardening,
Arlene

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

cattjovi
You are welcome to some seeds. please send me a dmail with your adress.

Stockholm, Sweden

Cattjovi = Bon Jovi?

Excellent music too. Rock on!
Alice

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

The Dr is in. I have returned safely from my trip and the first thing I did, at midnight, with a flashlight, was check on my wards. I must say, Nurse DH and LPN Teensy took great care in watching the children. I believe they have doubled in size and about half of the kids need to be placed in their own beds. I will take photos later this afternoon and let you oh and ah over the babes.

Lala, I regret to inform you, but premie, dipt, has gone to meet her Coleus father. She has had a proper burial and will be happily looking down on us in Coleus heaven. On a good note, a couple of kids who were out of their minds have recovered with proper attention and medication. They have begun to show progress with tiny leaves growing on them.

Pink Floyd is expected to make a surprise appearance this weekend. Rumor around here is they will be playing sometime tomorrow.

Sincerely,
~_"/~~ _|{`/~~ (I signed myself this myself, so you may not be able to read the writing)

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

I know that you did all you could Dr. PP.

How 'bout some new pics of the survivors? Geeze I have become way to attached to these cuttings. LOL!

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

The Dr was way to busy today (sleeping) to take pics. I will be sure to do so tomorrow for all concerned relatives.

Lala, I am so sorry for your loss and want you to know I did everything I could the save lil Dipt. I will have some photos of the funeral tomorrow.

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

The good Dr. is tuckered out. Pictures have been taken, but I am to tired to post. Will try to get updates tomorrow.

Lala, we are down two more. I share your grief. Please call if you need any counciling. I am available 24/7, except tonight. ;^)

Pic of the perpatrators who started it all. The small one in the right is actually the mother. The one on the left is one of her children. She has let out for adoption seven babies so far. She keeps recovering nicely.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Thank you for your kind words Dr. You will have to let me know which of the babies didn't make it and perhaps next spring I can send you one of their siblings (assuming they manage to make it through Dr. La's Convalescent Care Center this winter),

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

**********UPDATES*****************UPDATES*******************UPDATES*****************

dedededededededede (the sound the news makes when important news is breaking in)

I have finally got update for all friends and family of the babies. I have completed recent height, weight and overall health analysis of all babies. The following is my comparsion photos I used to keep track of the progress. Due to Hippa laws, this may not go any further than this forum. Please respect the patients' privacy.

I will start with Aunt Janet's family. All are doing well. In my professional opinion, I believe they need to be moved to seperate beds. Any Coleus Specialists are welcome to advise.

Some of the babies have grown so much they are not recognizable from when they first arrived. They have been groomed several times by pinching.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

The next photo is the second bed of Aunt Janet's. Please note, some of the babies have gotten so large, they are covering up others. Dr. Pupilcolii believes they should be moved immediately. Nurse DH and LPN Teensy have been called in after hours for tomorrow so we can relocate each.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Next up are Auntie Lala's family. This one has been a roller coster. I have regretfully lost two from the neonatal unit and prematurely pronounced Dipt as gone. Dipt is out of his mind right now, but he is still with us. As you will see from the photos, other babies out of their minds have begun recovery, due to LPN Teensy's gentle care.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Finally we have Jada's family. I must say, they are one healthy family. I don't know what she was feeding them, but they have done exceptionally well.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

They have tall genes in their DNA makeup. I have pinched them, but they insist on growing.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Finally, Jada also sent some teenagers. Although they talk back a good bit, they have been relatively good kids....for teenagers.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

All the kids had one scary moment when they first arrived. Our area was under a tornado warning. Honoring my duty to protect the lives of my patients, I braved the treacherous elements and brought them to safety in our basement. I explained the necessary precautions and procedures in case a tornado came. They were very frightened, but I sang a few lullabies to them and they calmed down shortly after they came inside.

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

In conclusion, I believe all children are doing well and several are exceding expectations. I am still amazed most of Auntie Lala's family actually made it and even grew their heads back after the way the monsters at the post office treated them. Janet's family is completely intact, expect for one. Dr. Pupilcolii's mother came to visit and wanted to adopt one. As there were twins in the group, watermelon, Grandmother Geniuspropogtr took one home with her and reports she is doing swimmingly. Aunt Jada's family are the nordics of the groups. I would not be surprised if it becomes necessary to take cuttings as their heads could possibly go through the ceiling once they move inside for the winter.

The floor is open to any questions or concerns from the family and friends of the little ones.

A specialist is need to help determine what is the best fungicide and bug repellant for the tikes. I have applied a 3 in one and have not noticed any more nibbles, but I want the children to have only the best.

I will be available for answers until 9:00 a.m. central time. I have to make a house call out of town and won't be returning until that afternoon. I will reply to all queries in the order in which they are received.

The Dr. is Back!!!
Dr. Pupilcolii

Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

Wow Dr. T

Looks like all of those babies are doing wonderful under your care. Their growing like weeds!

It was so nice of you to take family photos. I'm sure they will treasure them for years to come.

Anytime I've had any unwelcome guests on my plants I've just used insecticidal soap, as needed. I wish I could help with your particular critter problem but I haven't had any experience, so I'll leave that to the specialists.

Thanks so much for the update. Ya done did good!!!

Aunt Janet

Marion, WI(Zone 4b)

Dr. Pupilcolii - You have done a wonderful job! I just found this thread this morning and really enjoyed it and you have done amazing things to all you patients!

I have always love coleus but since I am 'Up Nort' - I have normally just purchased them every year....hmmm you have gave me a new look on them and I think I will try to keep some of mine (cuttings of course - they are too big to keep the whole plant) until they can be move into their new home outside again. Just hope I can do as well as you are doing! =-D

Such a fun thread!!! (and informative)

Thanks!
~Kim

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Thanks Kim,
I had fun with this, but I truly am addicted to the plant. It was my first introduction to gardening and I was hooked. The ladies and gents on here are A LOT more experienced than me, but I have learned a wealth of information from them. Cuttings of Coleus are great as they root so easily. As Sugar, I believe, told me, just keep pinching the top. If it gets to long, make another cutting and stick it in the same pot. It will be interesting to see how well they make it over the winter. Just one warning****highly addictive. Unknown chemical makeup of plant requiring you to obtain as many as possible****Just check out UniqueGarden's thread on IDing. The poor lady is obsessed with IDing all. I am just in the beginning stages where I want to grow it all. I figure by the time spring or summer rolls around I will reach the ID level.

Janet, Glad to finally get an update on there. It has been driving me crazy. Being out of town last week with only Nurse DH and LPN Teensy to watch them about killed me.

Columbus, IN(Zone 5b)

Hi everyone! I'm sorta new here, been lurking for awhile since I upgraded to paid subscriber. I got some black dragon coleus seeds in a trade and can't wait to grow them in spring! I just loved reading all the hospital posts :) Very clever!

Marion, WI(Zone 4b)

lol... I am very aware of plant addictions - I'm not sure what the chemical they give off is either but I am always wanting more.....I'm already member of the Daylily Addicts Club, Hosta & starting on the iris - Hibiscus ( - plumeria - and it goes on and on.. lol - so might as well add Coleus to my list =-D - Right now I do have Coleus in a couple pots (5 - I think) - just don't have them labeled but the labels are in the greenhouse so names would be easy to find.. lol

jadajoy - Love your Hibiscus! Don't have that one.. lol

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

Dr P

Your skills and techniques are groundbreaking in their ingenuity and craftsmanship. Your patience, care and kindness have saved at least three extended families from frost, cold and extinction. On behalf of Aunt Janet, Aunt LaLa and Aunt Jada's Nordic families and the good people of Dave's Garden Coleus Forum, I hearby appoint you as Chief of Staff of the Coleus Trauma Care Center Of Birmingham, Alabama. (The sound of loud clapping).
Your survivor track record has made this unit a nationally recognized center for the treatment of coleii disorders and is sought after as the #1 center across the U.S.
Good Job, Dr P. Keep up the good work!

Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

Welcome Kim and Astra!
Jump in anytime, dont be strangers. All are welcome :-)

( Love that name Astramorgaine. please give us the story behind it)

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

I am in awe. I am speechless.....and as anybody who knows me will attest, that takes some doing.

Kudos my friend.

Arlington, GA(Zone 8a)

Geez, Doc don't you ever sleep!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Oh Happy days for the Coleus Trauma Care Center. New people are coming and we all can show them the obsess...beauty, versitility, and variety of this wonderful plant. Astramorgaine (Morgaine was the woman who seduced Merlin in King Author, I believe (or was it Morgana). Any relation) and Kim please stop by regularly. It motivates me to keep up the hospital so new and old alike can enjoy. Being a Dr. can sometimes be frustrating when I can't save one of the patients. There are very wise Specialists in this hospital and when I, being a novice Phd, can't figure out something, they are alway there.

Kim, I have caught the alluring scent of the the daylily drug and it is pulling me in. I am working on lining my walkway with it, one bulb at a time. I also have several hostas which were here when we moved in. Some were approx 5' in diameter, but the drought has hurt them horribly. I have seen new leaves coming up though. I have about 4 or 5 different ones and would love some help IDing, as I don't have my Phd in Hostas yet.

Jada, I am humbled by your words. I proudly accept this honor for CTCC of Birmingham. Wow, to be so renowned at such an early age. I will do my best to provide the utmost care and state of the art treatment for Colii everywhere. I just wish that Cloraphyll Drip would have arrived. I must find more up to date equipment to maintain this high level of care.

As far as Colii disorders I must thank all the wonderful Specialists who drop in to help diagnosis certain ailments. I could not make it without them, Dr. Granny Sugar, Dr. Unique, Dr. Lala, Dr. Georgia, Dr. Brinda, and Dr. Jada. You are the photosythesis of the hospital.

Filled with Pride,
Dr. Pupilcolii Phd, MD, CoC

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

No sleep with patients to tend to. I can sleep when I am dead. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Marion, WI(Zone 4b)

I was looking though the names of my coleuses that I have this year and found one for your Pink Floyd planting - that is 'Pink Chaos'

I wish I had a better picture of it - I planted it in a pot and I will have to see if I have a picture of that (but the hanging pot had fell down and smash poor Pink Chaos so I was rooting it that is what the picture is off) - as you can see from the picture I took today, I didn't know about pinching so I will be doing that hopefully later today. =-D

Better picture of it here http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/105707/

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Stockholm, Sweden

Oh yes that creature is sooo much Pink Floyd!!! you can almost hear their music when looking at it.
lol

Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Wow, that is great!! I hear rumor they have scheduled for today or tomorrow. It is very hush hush, so keep this close. They don't want to be mobbed.

Kim, that is beautiful. Already thinking...trade...in the spring!!

Taylor Creek, FL(Zone 10a)

Well Doc you are doing a great job. As for that drip, I believe Fish Emulsion mixed weak would be best and only every 10 days or so.
I can barely pinch off buds today.
Sidney

Marion, WI(Zone 4b)

Hopefully it survives that long - I would love to do a trade with you. You will have to d-mail me in the spring if I forget ;-)

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 7b)

Dr. Granny Sugar, your advise is alway welcome. Do I just go to a pond and wait for a fish to emulsh? J/K. ~~Clearing my throat~~Seriously, Dr. where may I find the delightful fragrance? Do they supply it at the nuseries?

Kim, plenty of places to take cuttings and overwinter. Chop Chop, baby needs a haircut.

Taylor Creek, FL(Zone 10a)

I got a gallon at WM for $12. I think quarts are $4 - $5. It says ALASKAN FISH EMULSION. 1 gallon will last me 5 years. I mist with a weak mixture and any other tonic I want to 'drip'.
However pay more attention to Cathy's advice given you in the chatter's thread.
;)

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