Coleus forum: Coleus Seeds

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Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 30, 2014 6:46 AM CST
when is a good time to start my coleus seeds? I received some in a seed robin this past fall - not sure what kind they are.

Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Mar 30, 2014 7:27 AM CST
I used to try starting these early in the season but they just sat around and didn't do much until the weather got hot, so now I wait until just a couple of weeks before temps are consistently warm. Overnight temps of 65 degrees or higher give the most satisfactory results here. I now start mine mid-May to the first of June, indoors, and then start transitioning them outdoors near the end of the month.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 30, 2014 7:48 AM CST
I planted a whole packet of commercial seed last year. As normal, nothing germinated. All seeds except daylilies and radishes and tomatoes hate me.
Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 30, 2014 8:46 AM CST
Chelle - sounds like I am about a month early. I suppose that doesn't surprise me. Typically I am quite anxious for the gardening season to start.

Glen - was the commercial seed coleus seed that you didn't get germination?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 30, 2014 9:12 AM CST
We always did well with our coleus seeds. Jack started them in early to mid April.


Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Mar 30, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Carolyn22 said:Chelle - sounds like I am about a month early. I suppose that doesn't surprise me. Typically I am quite anxious for the gardening season to start.


I'm the same way, Carolyn. That's why I started looking around for seeds that I could start in cooler conditions, too. It makes it easier to hold off on the others. Big Grin
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Mar 30, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Arlene,

How warm do you keep your seedlings? I'm guessing they're growing in a consistently warm room on a heat mat?
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pirl
Mar 30, 2014 10:18 AM CST
They get the same basement temperature as all other plants we had down there - 60 to 65 degrees.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Mar 30, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Arlene

your basement is warmer than mine, although I have a little green house with lights in my spare bedroom. Right now, I have the dahliaetta tubers starting. Perhaps I could start the coleus seeds in that?
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 30, 2014 4:59 PM CST
Yes Coleus Carolyn.
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pirl
Mar 30, 2014 6:54 PM CST
You probably could do that, Carolyn. Buy a cheap thermometer (flat bottom - not curved) and stand it up in the little greenhouse and you'll see how warm it is in there.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Mar 31, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Good idea Arlene.
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Mar 31, 2014 5:11 PM CST
Okay I will try and succeed this time after failing dismally with seed last year.

Here is the new packet and the instructions. Are they good enough?
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Mar 31, 2014 5:47 PM CST
It all sounds right. Just do not overwater.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Apr 12, 2014 4:49 AM CST

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I usually surface sow mine.. and use a squirt bottle to push the seeds into the soil .. not covered but pushed in

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