Coleus forum: Should these be pinched off now??

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Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
Mar 31, 2016 10:48 AM CST
This Coleus i started from seed is growing well! It still has its " baby teeth " as I call them....the original petals which are now growing larger too. Are these still necessary for their original photosynthesis purpose or should I pinch /cut then to promote new buds?? Thanks!! Shrug!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Mar 31, 2016 12:20 PM CST
Allow the leaves to remain on the plant. If they shrivel and dry, in time, you can remove them but they'd fall off by themselves.

If you want a bushier coleus allow the plant to get three sets of leaves and pinch out the very top leaves.
Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
Mar 31, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Thank You!!! This older cutting is responding well to pinching but wasn't sure about the YOUNG plants I have growing
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Name: Linda
Southern NJ (Zone 7a)
May 9, 2016 8:50 AM CST
Jimmy Z,

I completely agree with Pirl. As these are very young plants, do wait until you have 3 leaves before pinching off the top leaves and continue to do so as I have mentioned in my earlier post. Smiling

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