Got my first shipment of coleus plugs today>
Let the games begin!
Thank you Dale! Great coleus photos, does this plant have a name?
The first 'stock' plant is probably Cracklin Rosie? I bought those retail and they are not labeled, the 2nd and 3rd I have not grown before.
I'll take one of each please . . . LOL
I'm ready to play but local nurseries are not as far as coleus are concerned. I scheduled my RD order for their first shipment date and I have a trip to Houston to plant shop on the 28th of this month. We shall see if the big city has coleus that early.
Would you be interested in trialing some coleus in florida for me? I had some seedlings that came up last year, and would like to see how 2 of them grow down there. They've overwintered well and seem to be stable in form.
Do i need to twist your arm Dale? haha,
Joy, you funny you!
Wanna see how they grow in Sweden also????
Let me think for a nanosecond about trailing coleus.....OK!
This is a game anyone can play, after all we are all democrats here in the US.
It has been a long time since I have been plant shopping in TX, but, I am sure that Houston is a good bet.
Red Form of India Frills>
Dale what is that purple coleus in the first picture? I don't think I've ever seen such vivid purple.
Oh I loved Grape Expectations. Bought it two years ago but couldn't find it last year. It was a pretty one.
dale did you ever find coleus calligraphy?
it's like the holy grail of coleus...
Never found Calligraphy.
I contacted Singing Springs in NC, they had it, but, refused to sell it to me. They told me they were 'wholesale only' and that it would be at a graden center near me soon. The creepy person I contacted there emailed me and said they had a 'big exclusive contract' with a 'national chain' and couldn't do business with me. No wonder that they went under with people like that working there.
The person I emailed refused to tell me who the 'big national chain' was or what their minimum wholesale was. Must be nice to be able to turn down business. Somebody there has too much wacky weed with their morning coffee before they get to work.
I wish I lived closer I would drive over there and talk with the owner. I have never seen it at a store, never seen any Singing Springs hybrids offered as liners and I have never seen any of us coleus collectors with it in their collections.
Another fine hybrid lost....but there are other hybrids available>
Ugh - I can hardly wait for my Rosy Dawn shipment.
Or spring, for that matter.
While you are all waiting for Spring and shipments...I wanted to share a blue hibiscus with you! I bought this at a garage sale for $2 for the pot. The plant was pitiful but upon arriving home and I planned to toss it....but then I thought, maybe this plant could be something special. With help from my Southwest Garden Forum buddies, I found out about it and began caring for it. AND IT WAS WORTH IT!!! Now recoverd, it is loaded with buds and these three were the first to bloom!
I would have called it a purple hibiscus...there is nothing blue about it.
Wow that's a pretty colored hibiscus. You don't see that color too often.
NO thanks; no desire to live in CA despite the great plant growing conditions. Will just admire things from afar.
My zone is 9a or 9b and supposedly it's not the ideal consition for the blue hibiscus but coleus isn't supposed to grow well here out doors. I set up as ideal a condition as possible and make it work for them both!
Check out this picture of coleus grown in a papasan chair. You can't even see the chair.
I'm up here is N.CA and I treat coleus like annuals. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to get them to survive the winter, but they grow like mad in the summer and fall. The first hint of frost and they melt. I just ordered a bunch on the coleus coop. Cant wait.
All of your pictures are beautiful.
Linda we are in almost the same zone but coleus in the FULL SUN here withers in the summer. Mine only get morning sun.
We get an occasional frost here and once in a blue moon a freeze. Maybe because are winters are wet and cold( usually its wet, not enough rain this year). I don't know but I don't know anyone who can overwinter them outside here. or plumerias either. I want to live in Florida!
I complain when it gets in the 30s. People always tell me I am so spoiled by our weather. Guess they are right. I live in S.F. east bay.
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Lucky YOU Linda! I love the bay area.....
Florida summers are too humid for me...although the women have prettier skin there than in dry-r-us Phoenix!
Curious - Why can't you grow coleus in CA?
I plan to plant my first 2 coleus this year. As soon as the nurseries sell me some. Need sun coleus to plant near sea grape and rosemary.
How are they with heat? not that great I imagine?
The "Blue" hibiscus....would love one but if they can't stand humidity...they can't stand me....