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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Jul 21, 2015 1:10 AM CST
i read that in order to propogate coleus by seeds you need to take off the the stem when the flowers are starting to bloom and go through some kind of process until you collect the seeds.? why not leave the stem on the plant and wait for seeds if that is what i want?because of the energy that plant puts in to create seeds?
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sooby
Jul 21, 2015 5:39 AM CST
If you read that on the internet could you post a link, please? Is it possible they meant to clip off the stem when the petals have dropped and the seeds have formed but before the stage where the seeds have matured enough that they might fall and get lost?
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purpleinopp
Jul 22, 2015 7:37 AM CST
That info is confused, or just wrong. To get seeds from any plant (except a very few rule-breakers,) flowers still attached to the plant must be pollinated, then the seeds must be allowed to ripen, while still attached to the plant. Coleus seeds may or may not produce offspring that resemble the mama plant.
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CarolineScott
Jul 22, 2015 7:44 AM CST
There are several in flower here. I am going to wait a week, and then bag the flower stocks in organza bags. That way I won't lose the seeds if they just drop off the plant.
I am leaving the flower stocks on the plants.

You can easily root cuttings of coleus too.
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Jul 22, 2015 1:34 PM CST
I will look for the site about cutting the stem of coleus with the flowers
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Aug 3, 2015 9:56 PM CST
sooby said:If you read that on the internet could you post a link, please? Is it possible they meant to clip off the stem when the petals have dropped and the seeds have formed but before the stage where the seeds have matured enough that they might fall and get lost?


i dont know where i read it
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Aug 3, 2015 9:59 PM CST
purpleinopp said:That info is confused, or just wrong. To get seeds from any plant (except a very few rule-breakers,) flowers still attached to the plant must be pollinated, then the seeds must be allowed to ripen, while still attached to the plant. Coleus seeds may or may not produce offspring that resemble the mama plant.


so if i leave the stem-cut but close to other coleuses in a bottle of water...for polination......whats wrong with that?
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Aug 3, 2015 10:01 PM CST
CarolineScott said:There are several in flower here. I am going to wait a week, and then bag the flower stocks in organza bags. That way I won't lose the seeds if they just drop off the plant.
I am leaving the flower stocks on the plants.

You can easily root cuttings of coleus too.


sorry can you send me a photo of organza bag or describe......
i put a big white plate under the plant so i can see the seeds
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 4, 2015 6:36 AM CST
The Organza bags we use for seed collecting are sold in stores which sell party supplies.
They normally are used to hold candy for favors at weddings or other events.
They have a draw string type ribbon so you can tie them to the plant stalk.
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Aug 4, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Thanks i think i can understand
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Nylon stockings work well too.
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Aug 5, 2015 2:48 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Nylon stockings work well too.


thanks i will try them

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