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Name: Pamela Gregory
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Oct 17, 2016 3:47 PM CST
I added a few photos. The first 2 are the stem rooted of the pink and green coleus plant. There arnt many roots on this plant. Maybe 8/10.. from top to bottom.
The following 2 photos are of the green coleus and he has 2 dozens maybe few more of the short roots from top to bottom of his stem. Can these be put into soil now?. Both plants have produced new growth and its developing beautiful. Each plant have 4 to 6 new sets of leaves and the plants seem very healthy and happy. Just the pink and green one isnt growing more roots yet. This has been about 8 weeks now since I propagated them from a out door garden. Im worried because the pink n green plants seemed to have started growing roots and then stopped or so it seems..... please any advise is very appreciated! !!!! Happy gardening everyone. .. ;)

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Name: Christine
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Oct 18, 2016 8:11 AM CST
I would go ahead and plant them now in a well draining soil,keep the soil moist but not wet.
Name: Will Creed
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Oct 18, 2016 4:34 PM CST
I don't see any substantial roots in the photos. In general, it is best to wait until each cutting has at least 3 or 4 roots and each root is at least an inch long. That's the minimum and it is often best to wait beyond that. There is no rush. When you do pot them up, put multiple cuttings together in a single pot that is just barely big enough to accommodate the cuttings, roots and enough potting mix to barely cover them.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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Oct 18, 2016 5:02 PM CST
Ty both.. one of the pieces have about 2 dozen short roots .. it seems there not growing longer only more are growing. Ill try to get a better pictures tomorrow. I think that will help if you all can see the roots .
Name: Karen
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Oct 18, 2016 5:14 PM CST
Pamela, I have rooted coleus in water, and left it there all winter. They had masses of roots when I finally planted them, and they all grew well. Don't rush to plant.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
Gardening A Perfect antidepressant
Oct 18, 2016 7:00 PM CST
Thanks plantmanger I have been told this before and originally propagated my coleus and persian shields into bouquets and the set on the dinning room table and kitchen window for months! They were so beautiful, I stress because others say im wrong, I had PS with 2 inch roots and dozens and dozens of roots and they seemed ok and I got scared and planted then. Needless to say they all took root then died 2 weeks latter. I believe to a separate issue. So i beleieve Im going to propagate my last Perish shield because I know I can . I can house those stems easier than the large plant i have now. Again I just know I won't have another issue I know what I did right and I know what I did wrong.

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