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by Amy R. on February 16, 2005 05:45 AM
I just bought a ginormous Coleus in a hanging basket, and now that I've got it home, I'm not so sure I like it. I was a bit disappointed that it is mainly grown as an annual, as I can't be bothered with things that don't stick around for a while. Also, it had a jillion gorgeous flowers on it, which I naturally cut off immediately because I have always had a secret fantasy of becoming a hair dresser. Wait, that didn't come out right, you know why I cut them off. I guess my long winded question to you, fellow horticulturists, is what can I do to keep my Coleus looking fine besides posting a free sign on it?
by weezie13 on February 16, 2005 07:11 AM
Take cuttings..........
They root unbelievably easy in water in a very
short time, and start a hole new basket of plants.

Almost can stick around for ever that way!!!


P/S Some of the coleus's out they have now
adays are sooooooooooo beautiful!!!!
So many choices!!!

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

by Cricket on February 16, 2005 12:15 PM
Hi Amy! [wayey]

I haven't had a chance to be here today but couldn't resist a peek at what I missed before heading off to bed.

Your new baby will fulfill your all fantasies - hairdressing that is. [Embarrassed] Haircuts just make it a bushier plants and Weezie is right, just pop the cuttings into a glass of water and when you return a few days later, voila roots!

Coleus likes bright light - some varieties show their color better in shade but they all scorch in direct sun. No hot Arizona southern exposure for this baby - an easter exposure is good.

Coleus is an annual but if you vigilantly pinch off flowers as they develop, you can keep it going for a few years. But if it does go to seed, just start another one from cuttings.

My coleus liked lots of water before a bug held a feast one night for all his friends and neigbors, with the entree of honor guessed it. [Frown] Overnight the poor plant was eaten, leaves, stems and all. No, it wasn't a slug (indoors) but an equally voracious party-goer.

I love the colors of coleus, especially the magentas. Do you have a pic?

Presumably you bought your new coleus baby while out shopping for a gardenia. [thumb] Did you get it? Huh? Huh? :grinnnn
by Amy R. on February 16, 2005 08:55 PM
thanks for all the tips, comrades. and cricket, i have a case of gardenia stage fright! i found a gorgeous one yesterday, in bloom and ever-so-fragrant, so i picked it up, and then this mysterious force made me put it back down. i didn't want to bring it home and kill it, lol! i am going to try again today, and if i am successful, i will post a pic on our insane gardenia thread.
here is a pic of my coleus, although it is much more vibrant in person.

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