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How To Grow Coleus from Cuttings

By Onewish1
July 16, 2011

Coleus are one of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings. With a few simple steps and minor after-care, you can grow wonderful plants that will give you months of pleasure.

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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 12:02 AM CST
I'm going to be receiving some coleus next week from a new friend in Florida! This was perfect timing...thanks Allison!

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Onewish1
Jul 16, 2011 3:40 AM CST
good... best of luck with them.. post some progress photos!!!
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Jul 16, 2011 4:44 AM CST
Fantabulous article dear onewish Thumbs up Thanks for the tip about wetting the polymer crystals before using them Smiling
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kqcrna
Jul 16, 2011 5:36 AM CST
I might mention-
High humidity can help a lot, and we have plenty of that here in summer. If your ambient humidity is low, using a humidity dome or putting the cuttings in plastic bags can help a lot. You'll have to put them in shade though so they don't burn. And as long as they're enclosed you won't have to water often.

When I start cuttings inside the house in winter (actually, fall thru spring) I have to use domes because the inside air is so dry.
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Karen, that's a cool set up. I may need to start them in side in my studio....Phoenix is hot for another couple of months. Then it's just warm. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Onewish1
Jul 16, 2011 9:27 PM CST
good point Karen.. in the summer I don't use a dome.. in winter inside I do
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kqcrna
Jul 17, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Our humidity when I got up this morning was 95%. High temp today will be 90*. In this weather I can just pinch off a stem of coleus, poke a hole in the ground, and stick a stem in the ground (as Allison described with coir in a pot). As long as the cutting doesn't get too much sun for the first couple of days, it will root. Often I put a pot of plants in front of it to give it shade.

It doesn't get any easier than that.

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Onewish1
Jul 17, 2011 11:47 AM CST
sometimes I pinch ... and toss the piece on the ground.. and once in a while I get lucky and some root on there own Thumbs up
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CindiKS
Oct 20, 2011 3:28 PM CST
Karen, where did you get those domes? that looks like a great setup.
We're dry year round here. i've been using construction plastic and I'm ready for something that doesn't get static.
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Onewish1
Oct 20, 2011 4:14 PM CST
I love those tall ones!
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 4:28 PM CST
I buy them at locally at Worm's Way. I guess it's basically a hydroponic store but they also sell soil mixes, plant lighting, a lot of organic ferts, lots of neat things.
http://wormsway.com/detail.aspx?t=prod&sku=HD300

They're nice domes- nice and tall at 7" and they have two adjustable vents on the top for moisture/air control.

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Gleni
Nov 19, 2013 4:45 AM CST
I must see if I can find similar domes. I have put in cuttings of about 5 other cultivars today that I have found in gardens around the island. I will photograph them once they get going. Allison, I do the same when clipping the plants - just throw the clippings on the ground. I get quite a few striking too. Unfortunately the grasshoppers just love coleus. I have a plague of green longhorn grasshoppers at the moment.
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Onewish1
Nov 19, 2013 7:47 PM CST
ugh that doesn't sound fun

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