Coleus forum: Please help me with my finicky coleus plant

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Name: kim hairston
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kimhairston212
Sep 1, 2011 12:42 AM CST
Hello, I am new to the group and so happy to have found you! My mom gave me a a very healthy Coleus burgundy wedding train (I believe that is what is is) see photos. I put it in my living room which was pretty dark because we keep the blinds closed during the day. It started looking very pale so It put it on the front porch (too much direct sun, too hot) Immediately the leaves started falling off and it looked as if it were dying., I moved it to the back porch and it started thriving again very quickly and turned a very rich burgundy. As it is starting to get cooler at night here in Detroit, I brought it back in the house and the leaves started fall off again.

I think it likes indirect sun light. Unfortunuately, I have very little room for plants in the sunny spots of the house, but plenty of room in my in my living room where there isnt as much light. People say this plant is easy to grow. I love it but find it very fickle. Any suggestions? Will a plant light help? I know this plant doesn't like to be moved! see photos below when it was at its healthiest. Many leaves have fallen off. I want it to be full and healthy again.

This pic is what it looked like a week or two after taking outside
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This is what it looked like after moving to the back porch where it seems to thrive

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Sep 1, 2011 4:58 AM CST

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could be garnet robe.. or trailing burgundy .. there is also a trailing black all have the green edge like yours
http://www.rosydawngardens.com/trailing-garnet-robe-243.html
I know which ever one it is ... I have it.. LOL

if you are changing light conditions it's best to do it slowly.. put it outside for a few hours and then put it back in.. adding time each day.. just like hardening off seedlings.. at this time of year I am not sure it will be worth it to move it outside.. too many cool nights will turn it to mush.. they are not happy unless it's over 50 all the time.. a plant light will help for sure
Name: kim hairston
Southfield, Michigan
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kimhairston212
Sep 1, 2011 8:39 AM CST
Thank you so much. I will try that. I really do love this plant. Its beautiful when it's healthy.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 1, 2011 2:39 PM CST
While not all coleus are (direct) sun tolerant, all seem to want at least bright indirect light. They don't do well in my house either, without fluorescent lights. I just don't have good bright light in the house.

Karen
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Sep 6, 2011 3:48 AM CST
coleus can be healthy but show some color change when the seasons change and when light amounts change.
I have had cuttings that need tags because the leaf changes so much duering the winter months.

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