All Things Gardening forum: coleus flowering

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heichou
Apr 24, 2018 10:47 AM CST
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 24, 2018 2:03 PM CST
A healthy Coleus in good light will push out colorful new foliage and also insignificant flowers, sometimes simultaneously. Most folks pinch out the flowers to enhance the development of the foliage.

Pale foliage is usually caused by inadequate direct sunlight.

Your Coleus will grow faster and more colorfully if you keep it moderately potbound. If roots fail to integrate into the soil added to a larger pot, it may be because the roots are not yet ready for a larger pot or because the soil you used is too dense and lacking in porosity.
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heichou
May 3, 2018 7:09 AM CST
@willc thank you for replying, i'll keep these tips in mind Thank You!

heichou
May 3, 2018 7:16 AM CST
i have one more question, why are some of the leaves hard to the touch, it feels like they might crack with enough pressure, while others are extremely pliable and soft?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 3, 2018 1:28 PM CST
The leaves shouldn't be dry and easily cracked. Are they older leaves? Are they starting to turn brown or yellow? Can you post a photo of those leaves?
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
May 3, 2018 8:22 PM CST
I read on here that Coleus (Cause I planted some) will make flowers but you need to pinch them off because once it makes seeds it feels it's breeding job is done and it dies. I'd pinch them off. Don't know the trigger. Was an article on here when I searched for Coleus.
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purpleinopp
May 4, 2018 7:44 AM CST
I hope there's not an article on this site that says that because it is not true. Coleus are not annuals, they are tropical shrubs, and removing the inflorescences does nothing but remove the inflorescences. One can remove them if they want, no problem, but there is no inherent reason to do so. I leave them on my plants when they are outside because bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love them.
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
May 4, 2018 8:20 AM CST
Yes it was on this site. There was some article about Coleus that I read. It might have had another link attached to that one but that is what it definitely said so I was thinking I had better stay on top of this because I don't want my flowers to die. I know nothing about them at all except what I read in those two articles. I'll just let them do what they want to do then!! Thank you for the correction!!
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purpleinopp
May 4, 2018 9:14 AM CST
Happy to share. The Coleus plants I have now are ones that I've had for 5-8 years.

If your plant is inside, the flowers might not be so enjoyable. The petals fall on the floor & it's kind of messy.

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heichou
May 4, 2018 9:21 AM CST
@ willc a while ago some of the bigger leaves started hardening and curling at the ending tip. this one cracked a bit on its own,
right now the ends are much softer. The same plant has the older leaves lose colors while the new ones retain the original color. they receive a lot of sunlight, the roots have spread till the bottom, but a few leaves turned yellow and i pinched them off.
i do water them aprox every three to four days, but i havent yet fed them any fertilizer. could it be that?

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Yardenman
May 5, 2018 12:21 AM CST
WillC said:A healthy Coleus in good light will push out colorful new foliage and also insignificant flowers, sometimes simultaneously. Most folks pinch out the flowers to enhance the development of the foliage.

Pale foliage is usually caused by inadequate direct sunlight.

Your Coleus will grow faster and more colorfully if you keep it moderately potbound. If roots fail to integrate into the soil added to a larger pot, it may be because the roots are not yet ready for a larger pot or because the soil you used is too dense and lacking in porosity.


I've always wondered about the claim that plants know they are in a larger pot and react to that negatively. How? Their recognition of their surroundings (such as it might be) is limited to the ends of their roots.How can a plant (like a coleus) know whether it is in a pot just larger than its roots vs a large bed?

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