Coleus forum: what to do with cuttings?

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Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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chickadee
Nov 10, 2010 8:35 AM CST
I took some cuttings from some Coleus and have them in water. They have rooted. my question is this, what is the best way to keep them alive?
I do not have a green house, o rgrow lights . I do have a good southern exposure window. Should I plant these in potting mix now? I have never had any luck growing them through the cold months. I just thought I'd give it another try...
Any suggestions? Thanks...
Name: Kay
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chickadee
Nov 16, 2010 8:48 AM CST
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 16, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Hi, Kay. I've never had much luck rooting them in water, though a lot of people do. I do much better if I stick them immediately in potting mix, and cover with a humidity dome or plastic bag. That's would I'd do now with the rooted cuttings that you have. Put them in moist (but not wet) potting mix. Too much water in the mix will make them rot. Humidity helps a lot. You can use a dome if you have one or stick them in a plastic bag. Prop up the bag so it doesn't touch the leaves.

Hot direct sun might fry them while they're covered in plastic, so bright indirect window light would probably be preferable.

Good luck!

Karen
Name: Lavina Lindsey
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Lavina
Nov 17, 2010 5:47 AM CST
I put mine in potting soil and keep them trimed back as keep the tops cut off till spring.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 17, 2010 6:04 AM CST
Yes, I try to keep mine pinched small, too, through winter. As spring approaches I let them grow out some to take more cuttings from those. Mine are all drying now and wilting. I have to water today and pinch them back again. That's a pain.

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Name: Kay
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chickadee
Nov 17, 2010 9:06 AM CST
Karen and Lavina, Thanks for your help. I am going to get them into potting mix. Both of these cuttings are about 10" tall, so I suppose I should just cut the tops to keep them small? Do you think I ought to use rooting hormone?
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 17, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Yes, I'd probably pinch them off, try to keep them short and tight nodes. Seems to make them root easier, too.

I know I said this before, but I think moisture is the biggest issue. Too much water will cause rot. As long as they're under plastic they'll hold moisture well, so be careful not to use too much water. You want the soil moist, but not wet.
Good luck with them, Kay.

Karen

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