Annuals forum: Coleus

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Name: Patrick Long
Huber Heights, OH (Zone 5a)
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stplong
Jul 12, 2012 12:31 AM CST
Here's some photo's of our coleus.Thumb of 2012-07-12/stplong/721a45 Thumb of 2012-07-12/stplong/a3c61f Thumb of 2012-07-12/stplong/b3da33
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 12, 2012 8:20 AM CST
Nice! Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Jul 17, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Very pretty! Love the Persian shield, too, my fav purple plant!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 19, 2012 4:44 AM CST
Those are beautiful planter combos
Name: Patrick Long
Huber Heights, OH (Zone 5a)
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stplong
Jul 22, 2012 10:16 PM CST
Coleus with some Hibiscus

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 23, 2012 2:15 AM CST
Thats an interesting combination. Nice choices.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jul 23, 2012 1:41 PM CST
Ok. Now I'm confused. I thought hibiscus were great big tall shrubs. Those look little, but with the same big flowers. I must be missing out on something!
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Name: Patrick Long
Huber Heights, OH (Zone 5a)
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stplong
Jul 23, 2012 11:48 PM CST
Hibiscus can grow into shrubs, since I live in Ohio and these are tropical they would die if planted due to our freezing temperature, so I overwinter them and keep them trimmed back and in pots. Some of those coleus are in pots also but some are planted in the ground. Hope that helps.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 24, 2012 3:40 AM CST
I really like the plant varieties.We have Rose of Sharon ,a hibiscus thats hardy here.Trouble with it is,the blooms last a day and drop and make a mess if the bush is planted near traffic areas.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jul 24, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Those are really pretty! How do you go about overwintering them?
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Name: Patrick Long
Huber Heights, OH (Zone 5a)
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stplong
Jul 25, 2012 3:43 AM CST
We overwinter them in our attached garage because the temperature stays above freezing, if we want any to bloom we bring them in near a sunny window, if we had grow lights in the garage I am sure they would bloom but we only have the standard lighting. When they bloom during winter our daughter likess to take the blooms to her teachers, they are usually amazed that we grow them during the winter months.


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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Jul 25, 2012 11:09 AM CST
I don't have great coleus since they don't like our cold June temps. This year I started some from seed (didn't keep the package, so not sure of the variety) and planted them in a bag. The others I bought.
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Jul 25, 2012 11:10 AM CST
Here's another shot of Henna & Ruffles
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 25, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Bright and beautiful.
Name: Bob Walsh
Chicago (Zone 5a)
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Jul 25, 2012 4:47 PM CST
Beautiful plants. Thanks for sharing.
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Name: Patrick Long
Huber Heights, OH (Zone 5a)
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stplong
Aug 13, 2013 2:53 AM CST
Need a ID on this coleus, if anyone could help.

Thanks, Patrick


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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 13, 2013 3:04 AM CST
Sorry I cant help.Try RoseyDawn catalogue .They grow hundreds.
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Ooh I love about any Coleus! That one's especially cool, Patrick. There are over 2,000, it's like trying to ID a daylily, Begonia, or Hosta. Bakers Acres and Glasshouse Works, both in OH, propagate named cultivars also, though I think you'd have to confirm what each Bakers Acres one looks like from a list. I'd call it 'crime scene' if anyone asked me what its' moniker should be.

JoAnn, yours are fantastic too, and the combos they're in!!

I see a winter has passed between pics here. Did folks manage to over winter plants and/or cuttings of the cool ones from last year? I had tons to put out in spring, and luckily was slow to get the last bunch of them outside because there was 3 nights of freakishly late frost that killed the ones already put back out. Oh well, it left more propagation fun to be had, trying to fill all of the holes anyway with what was left, and other plants that don't mind being cuttings over and over. Why should Coleus have all of the fun playing in the ground for summer? I recommend Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' for anyone who enjoys such folly, really a lot of reward for the tiny effort of snapping off a stem and sticking it in a shady spot in the ground, really is that easy.

This plant sprouted up last Oct so I snagged it and brought it inside. Definitely will be keeping a cutting of this. I thought the plant to the left of it (not visible in this pic) would get much bigger and make shade on it. Silly thing is in the sun from about 1 PM until 5-6 PM. Oops, but look at it coping with the few days when the sun is actually shining.
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I just decimated most of the little Coleus in this pic after taking this pic to bring cuttings to pots where at least *I* can see them. Don't think these plants would have gotten big enough to make much of a show over here anyway, also so much smaller than last years' display at this time. The tomato cages keep our dog from walking around/laying in there, and the upright one has a Dahlia that's still not great this year 'cuz we're not having summer sun, just rain.
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This tub usually has plants 3 feet high by now, but all of the rain, and missing sun this summer has resulted in lots of small plants. (If I'd known, I'd have planted Coleus in all of the full sun areas for this year. They'd be huge now.) All of the baskets here were one house plant when I started decorating this spring, and there was nothing in the tub, it's all cuttings.
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This is the far-right pot from the pic above. It just takes a few pieces popping out of a pot, in my eye, to be 'wow.' That's Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' with the dark leaves (that are purple on the bottom,) and the purple spiky flowers similar to Coleus but much bigger, sticking out the top to the left and right. I just stuck these cuttings here about a week ago. Hummingbirds love the flowers of both Coleus and Plectranthus. This tree-garden gets a lot of 'action.'
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 13, 2013 2:48 PM CST
Very nice plantings.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 14, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Thanks! Coleus is my favorite decorative plant!
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