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Question: Thank you for answer (below) but doesn't new growth come from top and if I pinch off older/bigger leaves won't I have a bald stem?

Answer: If you look carefully at a single stem of your coleus, you'll see new foliage at the very top and then you should see leaf scars or nodes along the length of the stem. This is where leaves once were. Just barely below each of these leaf scars is a latent leaf bud. It's just waiting to produce a leaf if the top of the stem is pinched or cut. So, if you cut the stem down to just above one of the nodes, new leaves will appear from the node, and quite often from other, lower leaf nodes. Hope this is descriptive enough to make sense!

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