Coleus forum: Creating a Standard Coleus

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Name: Jo Turner
South Wales - United Kingdom
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jojomonsta
Oct 5, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Hi gang!
Thought I would ask your advice about this...

I have several varieties of Coleus I have been trying to train into standards, the problem is, most of them have gone into flower. Obviously, as soon as this happens, that's the main stem done.
Have any of you successfully created a standard? Have you any tips or tricks?
I wondered whether it depended on the time of year they were started and whether this had any influence on the flowering period.
I know I read somewhere that the removal of the branches, as done for creating a standard, can also encourage the plant to flower, so it's a bit of a difficult one to judge.

Anyway, as an amateur, I thought I would ask some people who had a lot more experience and skill, and see if you had any suggestions.

Thanks in advance (P.S. The plants in questions have been grown from seed over the past 4 months)
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 8, 2017 2:13 AM CST
I did it by mistake. I never let my coleus flower the flowers are ugly to me anyway.

First year just grow as normal but do not let it even begin to flower. I pinched the center when I noticed the top of the plant the leaves got small I pinched the center,.

Do not take any leaves off the stem the first year.

Second year I started removing the leaves from the stem Just a little way up. You need it to continue to grow tall.

Next year take a few more leaves and branches from the stem.

That was as far as I got was three yrs. By then the stem was woody. I brought it inside and did not water and it died that winter.
Name: Jo Turner
South Wales - United Kingdom
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jojomonsta
Oct 9, 2017 5:38 AM CST
Thanks Cinta
Maybe let mine grow on a bit then. I thought I'd need to keep the central stem intact to make it grow taller, but I suppose that's not necessarily the case.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 9, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Yes I think the central stem would have to stay. As the years went by when I would bring it inside for the winter the lower leaves dropped. Before I killed it the bottom limb had started to look woody and brown and was leafless. It started to grow taller and bushy at the top.

I was thinking if you are growing it out door you would have to remove the bottom leaves and off shoots. Mine did it naturally because of being indoors in the winter.

Did you see this post............

The thread "Don't Miss this" in Coleus forum


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