Ding, DIng, Ding, Bargain Day down the Coleus Isle.

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

My bargain coleus was not quite the bargain as Connie's, but darn close. I have been so proud of myself for sticking to my guns on not buying any plants this year. In fact I've stayed completely clear of the garden centers....up until today. Hey, I needed potting soil and you certainly can't pick that up in the toilet paper isle. :-P

So I walked into the garden center at Meijer and the VERY FIRST thing I see is a huge display of giant coleus plants for $2.99 a pot. A Gallon pot. Oh my goodness. I raced to get a cart all the while reasoning that I really can do without the toilet paper this week. Just kidding!

Most of them are overgrown and need some serious pinching and shaping, but all that pinching and shaping just means more coleus. ;-)

I would love to put an ID to these. If any of you recognize them please chime in! Here's the first one...

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

And the 2nd....

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Number 3....

Ooops, sorry about that.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Let's try 3 again....

Notice the different coloring? Is that sporting?

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Here is #3 from a different angle. The yellow part is in the sun which makes it a little decieving, but there are definitely 2 different colors on this plant.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Number 4 really needs some shaping!

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

At first I thought #5 was the same as 4 and had just been exposed to different lighting, but I think I was wrong. You guys know better than me...what do you think?

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Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

Lala, what did you mean when you said

"Most of them are overgrown and need some serious pinching and shaping, but all that pinching and shaping just means more coleus. ;-)"


Sorry, I'm still learning. I have some coleus that needs shaping. Usually I just throw the pieces away. What else should I be doing with them?

And you got some great plants for 2.99. What a bargain. I'm sorry I can't help with the names.

Debbie

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

#6

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Hang on Debbie, I'll be right with you!

Here is #7. I think this one is Religeous Radish but it has the 2 tone thing going too.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

And the biggest bargain of all? There was a turrible wind storm going on and the coleus were getting knocked all over the place. The Meijer Dude was trying to pick them up and place them back on the shelf to no avail. He was also cleaning up all of the broken branches.

Ding, ding, ding!

Me: Whacha gonna do with those, throw them away?

Meijer Dude: Yes

Me: Can I have them?

Meijer Dude: Sure. Want some more? And here's another. And another....lather, rinse, repeat.

I easily have enough cuttings for several flats of new coleus! This would be your classic case of being in the right place at the right time! Some of them were as big around as quarters and I was able to take a dozen cuttings from them.

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Hey Debbie!

Not that the slide show is over .... LOL.

Girl coleus are the easiest thing in the world to root. If you read through this forum you'll see that everyone has slightly different methods of doing it, but essentially if you stick a piece of coleus in dirt it will root! I prefer to use a mixture of perlite and soiless mix as the drainage seems to be helpful, but many people just use regular potting soil with just as good results.

There is a great tutorial on how to root coleus and I think I have it bookmarked. Give me a sec and I'll see if I can find it for you.

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

this looks like your #1 Collins Gold http://www.rosydawngardens.com/collins-gold-44.html

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Aha! Give a read through this thread. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them, and if I don't know the answer there is a bevy of coleus-holics here who certainly will!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/596774/

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Hey hey. I think we have a winner already! Thank you so much Ms. Drapelady!

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

In your last picture, one of the ones on the top row is this http://www.rosydawngardens.com/fishnet-stockings-80.html

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

I think you are right Lala #2 looks just like Rose Kong http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/70088/

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Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

this could be #4, but again the photo is too bright to really see clearly http://www.rosydawngardens.com/cranberry-sun-48.html

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

this is #5 http://www.rosydawngardens.com/norris-159.html

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

DL here is #2 toned down a bit. I'm afraid I wasn't able to do much with #4. I will try to take some better pics when the sun isn't so bright.

And thanks!

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North West, OH(Zone 5b)

By Jove I think you've got another one.

Have you been into coleus long? I'm really just a beginner only having started my "collection" a year ago. I love them, but I'm afraid if they don't come with a name or it's not one I had in the past I'm pretty much lost.

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

I think maybe #7 is religious rutabago http://www.rosydawngardens.com/religious-rutabaga-190.html

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Yes! I thought religeous radish but I believe it does have more of a rutabaga flavor.

Stockholm, Sweden

Lala,
I have to look at them close up in their faces to tell who they are.

Therefore, send all of them to me and I'll identify them for you. LOL!

Alice (= veeeery smart coleus lover)

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

No, I've just had to get good at looking up plants because I only started last year too. LOL
Rosie Dawn has such a good selection, it makes it easy to look them up and she has alot that I would love to order, so I keep her website in my favorites. Thankyou for the link on how to root them. I dear, now I'll have coleus everywhere. :)

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

Alice you made me laugh out loud. That's a good one.

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Alice you sly dog! You could con the coleus right out from under Mr. Baker!

Stockholm, Sweden

Japp, but conning my GF Lala is obviously a tougher task.....
;-)))

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

Great haul!! Tooo coool.. sure feels good huh? I'm thinking the color changes are actually that they were probably sitting too close to eachother and some got sun, some didn't.
My guess on #3 is Pistachio Nightmare?

You go gurl.. It's about time something really cool happened for you!!

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

Here is another one in your last picture with all your cuttings. It's on the far right http://www.rosydawngardens.com/perilla-magilla-170.html

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

and this one is on the side of it http://www.rosydawngardens.com/blusher-22.html

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Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

this is in the bottom right tray http://www.rosydawngardens.com/brilliancy-23.html

Port Vincent, LA(Zone 8b)

Lala, I just read the thread you gave me the link to. Just wonderful. Thankyou. So how do you do yours? Like tigerlily or the other ones that just put them into soil?

Taylor Creek, FL(Zone 10a)

I believe #4 is big red.
I love RD, but the ID capabilities of http://www.coleusfinder.org/pictures.php
is fun too.
Keep #4 out of direct sun lest it change to a deep dull burgandy.
I love shopping at Meijer.
Glad you found all those goodies.
Sidney

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

You have a very good eye Debbie. A few of them I already knew from having them last year, and a few of them I knew because they had tags on them. You are definitely right on the fishnet stockings and the Perilla and I think you have the Brilliancy and blusher right too!

When I'm rooting my cuttings I use about 1/2 part (or even more) perlite to 1/2 part soiless mix (Miracle Gro, etc.) and keep it constantly moist (but not soggy.) This is the perfect weather for them. Just put them in a shady location and in about a week they should be forming roots.

Thank you Joyce. You are one of my biggest cheerleaders and your friendship and encouragement means the world to me. :-)

Oh, and on the Pistachio Nightmare. The colors look right but the leaves on the new one are pretty small...almost duckfoot small....but not quite. I'm thinking PN leaves are bigger?

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Hey Sidney, good to see you! Thanks so much for the imput. When it comes to coleus I'd pit you against just about anybody out there. ;-)

Taylor Creek, FL(Zone 10a)

I can tell you I have more than I've ever had and have no earthly idea what 60% are. LOL
;)

Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

I've just got one word for you Lala....

SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Golly Woman. You scored Majorly BIGTIME!!!

Debbie, so glad you have joined us. This is a fun group of folks. You are excellent at ID'ing these coleus. Stick around. Someone's always asking for ID's around here.

Here I was thinking how quiet this forum was today and y'all were going bonkers in a whole new thread. No wonder the "chatters" was so quiet! I should have investigated!

Janet

(Zone 9b)

Gosh those are so huge. I would have grabbed them too. You got a great selection too.

I wonder now if I really have Big Red if your #4 is. Mine does not look like yours at all. I will take a picture of it in the morning. I have one in full sun and it does not bleach out but it gets an olive green caste to it. Not that attractive! My other is in part sun and is a rich deep color.

I found 2 unusal (to me) coleus in a six pack. Big leaves too. Anyone know them? I love this one.

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(Zone 9b)

And this is the other unknown in the 6 pack I really like. I wonder how much sun they will be able to take.

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