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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 12, 2011 7:53 PM CST
It's just not as easy to grow coleus in Phoenix. I do great in the spring and fall but our summers of 115 fry the tender leaves. The shade helps a lot but last year we had 3 freeze nights back to back that killed my 7 coleus plants. They were covered too.

Anyway, I'll share some of the varieties I've been able to grow here. Ill add to this some more tomorrow. I'm willing to try anything and Electric Lime seems to really like Phoenix but those dumb mealy bogs got to the last of mine.

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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 12, 2011 8:46 PM CST

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systemic always helps me get through.. your containers are outstanding!!
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jul 12, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Looks like your coleus do just fine Becky. I can send you some on Saturday if you want.
Allison I want to be on your fall cuttings list too please.
Sidney
Life isn't about how you survived the storm, It's about how you danced in the rain!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
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Region: Southwest Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: United States of America Birds Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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Boopaints
Jul 12, 2011 11:10 PM CST
WOW! Sidney, that would be nice of you. How do you all work the shipping etc?
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 13, 2011 4:10 AM CST

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the only thing I ask Sidney.. is for a reminder.. starting labor day we are setting up decorations.. and I would forget
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jul 13, 2011 8:54 PM CST
I gather a bouquet, put them in a large zip-lock and prioority mail them.
They usually get delivered on the following Monday.
Rosy Dawn ships on Saturday. It's a slow mail day and so our pkgs get put right through.
Just c-mail me your mailing address.
Usually runs less than $10.
I am fortunate to have a great place for them this summer and I also believe down here in south Florida I can overwinter many.
I sent a box to Milwaukee last Sat. and they arrived great on Mon.
Will be making shipping labels tomorrow and Friday.
After you get them either PayPal me or send a check.
Sidney
Life isn't about how you survived the storm, It's about how you danced in the rain!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
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Boopaints
Jul 13, 2011 9:40 PM CST
I am so excited! Thank you! I will send you my address via tree mail.
Should I water root or dirt root? Blinking
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 14, 2011 4:08 AM CST

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when I get unrooted cuttings .. I like to put them in water for an hour or two.. then root them in soil
Name: Sidney McCollum
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Sugarweed
Jul 14, 2011 11:46 AM CST
I agree taking a dab off of the bottoms and putting in water for trip recovery. If you get some that have multi-limb cuttings, cut each limb off after they recover and root them.
I always try to put a leaf node in the dirt. I use Miracle Grow Moisture Control. It has the acrylic polymers that Allison likes already in there.
Until they 'get a grip' I keep them under a bush or this year, under a chair.
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 14, 2011 1:14 PM CST

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really... you don't think the MG is too heavy?
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jul 14, 2011 2:49 PM CST
No mam, I have used it for the last seven years and have wonderful results.
Thanks for asking though.
Sidney
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 14, 2011 4:35 PM CST

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I know that moisture control bag weighs a ton.. if it works.. it works Thumbs up
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jul 15, 2011 8:47 AM CST
I get the huge bag at Costco or Sams for about $12.
I get someone to help get it in and out of my trunk.
I pot on a wooden picnic table. Found a dust pan makes a great scoop for the big bags.
Smaller bags are available.
Sidney
Life isn't about how you survived the storm, It's about how you danced in the rain!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
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Onewish1
Jul 15, 2011 9:53 AM CST

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I am hooked on coir.. super easy to deal with.. and light in the containers.. for the last 3 years.. I haven't used anything but coir for everything.. seeds, cuttings, and containers
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jul 15, 2011 10:28 AM CST
The main reason I do not like coir is if it ever gets dry I have to put my plants in a bucket of water to keep them alive.
If you are a super gardener and have a constant water supply to each one as Allison does, coir works well if that's all she uses.
I, however don't have mine micro watering set up yet.
I use self watering planters and the moisture control soil.
I believe nurseries intentionally sell plants in soil-less mixes so if you miss a day watering, you have to buy new plants.
I can see rooting in soil-less mixes, but for those of us who occasionally don't water, or the rain just doesn't get to a certain plant I opt for some soil with time release fertilizer and acrylic polymers.

Life isn't about how you survived the storm, It's about how you danced in the rain!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Southwest Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: United States of America Birds Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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Boopaints
Jul 15, 2011 10:32 AM CST
good information: Boo taking notes! Big Grin
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 15, 2011 4:06 PM CST

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not all my containers are hooked to the drip system.. if the pots get dry.. I just water them.. but there are always water gels and slow release fert. I just add to the containers.. since using coir I have no had any problems with fungus gnats over the winter.. just another bonus for me!! Thumbs up
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Southwest Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: United States of America Birds Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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Boopaints
Jul 15, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Yippppeeee....I bought my moisture control today!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Southwest Gardening Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: United States of America Birds Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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Boopaints
Jul 18, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Sidney's cuttings came today and they look great! I am "bartering" with her....painting geckos for her garden!

I was shocked with the heat wave that they cuttings weren't hot to the touch or wilted. It's 107 where I live today!
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I snipped a smidgeon off theends and they are happily soaking up the water after their long journey across the country!
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I will let them enjoy the water and plant them tomorrow!

Thanks again, Sidney! Hurray!
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
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Onewish1
Jul 18, 2011 7:05 PM CST

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good deal!!!

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