Southwest Gardening forum: Calling the coleus queen...

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jul 20, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Boo, my 'black' coleus are now sorta bronzy - and leggy. Somewhere I recall reading that to keep coleus 'bunchy', you should pinch out the tops. If I pinch off several inches will that work? And can I start new plants if I stick the pinched off parts in water? I suspect I should have done this some time ago, but I am one of those people who have a big problem pinching plants. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jul 20, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Good question. I have the same question =)

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 20, 2010 9:33 AM CST
Here I am ... Rolling on the floor laughing

Sad to say my Black Coleuus is RIP. I could never find a place it was happy except inside the house.
I got it at walmart and it didn't do well. Not sure if its walmart, the AZ heat, the sun, or those white sucker mealy bugs. Mine shriveled up and died. Thumbs down

I have my electric lime in full sun until about 2:00...it is thriving!!!! I will share cuttings at the rendevous in October.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jul 20, 2010 9:38 AM CST
I got mine at Walmart, too. It's in a pot where it gets morning sun but nothing after noon or thereabouts. So, can I pinch off the tall parts and root them in water? And will the plants bunch out and be more full if I do that?
Alma
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jul 20, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Mine are thriving in full sun till about 11:00AM, then shaded. they still look good except for a couple of leaves have that bronzish look to them that Alma mentions. I have been pinching off the flowers when they show up. I'm afraid to cut them back at all right now, because if only the top foliage burns, there is a lot of foliage underneath that can take over after I pinch off the burnt stuff.

My climbing oleander is still doing really well, starting to really grow now that the heat and humidity have kicked in. I hope to see flowers on it this year!!

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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jul 20, 2010 5:55 PM CST
I got some cuttings from McP that the original plant came from Boo... They are inside as I'm afraid to kill them - lol.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 20, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Alma, I am sorry I missed your question...I got on a rant over my coleus failure. Rolling on the floor laughing I usually do so well. Crying

ALWAYS pinch off the flowers. And I root in potting soil in the shade for a week and then move to morning sun for a week. After 2 weeks they are usually strong for more sun. The cuttings may look funky for a few days but keep them watered. Rooting in water works but sometimes they rot that way. I prefer a little rooting compound but I often root without it.

Yes, Alma, it does make them bush out more but pinching back. I cut mine back in late winter and they are gorgeously full again in a short time.

Did I answer everything? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 20, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Kelly, you have some of my grandcoleus! Big Grin
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Name: Kelly
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locakelly
Jul 20, 2010 7:51 PM CST
I do - you're a grandcoleusmama!
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jul 20, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Thanks, Boo. I don't have any flowers, just tall plants. I think I will take a chance and cut several inches off the tops and try to root them.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 20, 2010 10:07 PM CST
do it....you'll be so glad. This is a perfect time. I am going to cut my electric lime back and will post before and afters.

Once the new plant is growing give it a little miracle grow and watch it really take off. leaves will be bigger too after a cut back.
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