The Q&A Archives: coleus cuttings

Question: How to create a plant from a cutting?

Answer: Taking coleus cuttings is relatively easy. Just snip off the top growth, removing a tip about six inches long. Strip the leaves from the bottom half of this cutting and poke the stem into a pot of fresh potting soil. Place the pot away from a window and keep the soil moist for a week or two. You can place several cuttings into one pot, leaving three or four inches between cuttings. I like to cover all newly taken cuttings loosely with a plastic bag the first few days to trap more humidity. After wilting for a day or so, your coleus will sprout new roots and you'll have young plants. All winter keep your coleus near a bright window and by spring these cuttings will have grown into tall houseplants. Around April you can take cuttings again from these houseplants, repotting into fresh soil as before, and by the end of May the weather will be warm enough to take your coleus back outdoors.

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