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Name: Pamela Gregory
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Feb 5, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Update: Please read update at the end of this message. Ty.Long story short this plant has been through too much crap . .
I brought him home to try and salvage anything from this coleus. ..
I have a few Ideas, such as propagation in vermiculite. I have done this before with this coleus and got roots. I did not get to pot the plant after it rooted in vermiculite so I'm unsure how that will turn out.
I thought about leaving the two bigger stems to grow, maybe it will regrow back ok.
Idk exactly what Im gonna do yet.
Any ideas???
Maybe the best idea is to leave it alone for another month or so when it will be warmer????
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This large stem was turning brown so wax was put on the stem to stop it from getting any worse.
Its worked but looks terrible. Its no longer turning brown and hasn't for a month now.
This was a plant I gave to my daughter 5 months ago. It started doing very well at her place and then she moved and he just hasnt been ok since.

UPDATE; starts here.
Thanks everyone for your input. I have this coleus outside now and he is stuggling a little with the heat/sun. Idk that I have a place to sit that pot in any shady area so I believe its time I let him go .. if he makes it that be super awesome but idk.. he hasnt grown any new leaves lately he only took root like all the other times.. but it also grew new leaves then too, maybe he will soon lets hope!!
Ty everyone
PS: If this coleus starts growing at all, I will add new pics.
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Name: Sally
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Feb 5, 2017 8:07 PM CST
Not sure what's going on, but coincidentally I have a similar looking coleus that is also struggling the same way. Browning stemfrom the bottom, tips losing older leaves.
I cut all 4 tips off and rooted them; at least 2 seem to be growing. And the mother plant with no leaves was set on a table with other plants , on it's way to outside, and has begun to sprout at buds. So.. Shrug!
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May 7, 2017 10:59 PM CST
Are coleus annuals? Are these plants indoors? I would like to grow them in house if possible. Seen them growing in Ga. along the front of a house. Never forgot `em. Thought they were ann`s.
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May 8, 2017 8:41 AM CST
Coleus are not annuals, they are tropical shrubs that are killed by cold winters. They like warm temps, and humidity.

Cuttings strike roots more easily in water, IME with propagating thousands of Coleus stems over the yrs, but if the soil is warm, putting directly in soil can work well too.

If this was my plant, I would cut off the 3 stems on the plant on the R, where they branch away from the main stem & put them in water very near a window for a couple weeks until it's warm enough to plant them outside. Although Coleus can thrive in the shadows during summer, at higher latitudes, with reduced hours of light and much less intense rays, some direct sun for winter will keep these tropical plants looking normal.
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