Coleus forum: Do I cut these??

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Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Mar 14, 2016 2:36 PM CST
As my coleus continue to progress Ive noticed the juvenile leaves (circled)are just hanging to the side.. Am I correct in assuming that I should cut these little shoots off??
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Mar 14, 2016 2:49 PM CST
NO!

When the plants get a bit taller and have a few sets of leaves, you can pinch out the center to have bushier plants.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 14, 2016 3:01 PM CST
Like Arlene said, NO!

Those "juvenile leaves" are cotyledons and they are photosynthesizing and providing food to your seedling.

When the plant no longer needs the cotyledons, they will yellow, shrivel, and fall off on their own.

Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Mar 14, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Thanks Appreciated!!! Acorn
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 14, 2016 3:17 PM CST
Happy to help! Green Grin!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Mar 17, 2016 2:47 AM CST

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Always pinch from the top center.. will make a bushier plant later.. but not yet

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