Thursday, October 9, 2014

coleus propagation

i don't know about you, but i am a huge fan of coleus. they are excellent for shade, which is something that can be hard to find. and more importantly, they are hardy! they will tell you that they need water by drooping, and even if you ignore it for a couple of days, once you do water them, they will perk right up. even better is that they are easy to keep from year to year. these pictures are from last fall, and to be honest, not all of them made it. but if you have even the faintest shade of a green thumb, at least half of them will make it. i'll take it. 

this is what you do:

  • cut off some nice stems from your existing coleus
  • place them in water (cut off some of the smaller stems at the bottom of each piece, if needed)
  • add water as needed
  • after you see a pretty good amount of roots form, place them in a planter with potting soil
  • water as needed
  • in the spring, replant to outside pots and enjoy all spring, summer and fall

 this is what you can enjoy in your home during the fall and winter months.
and this is a picture from a couple of months later, still going strong. just be sure to add additional water when needed. 

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