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May 7, 2018 6:57 PM CST

I'm a beginner gardener and I started growing a coleus plant. At first I kept it in an Aero Garden grower, then moved it to an actual pot. About a month or two later, weird bumps start appearing on my coleus. I keep it under watch hoping it will go away but about a week later it gets BAD. However being a beginner I am not entirely sure what it is. Symptoms I've seen are brown spots on leaves (and one actually died); brown bumps on lower stem; and just recently, stem turning purple. I've included a photo to help show the disease/pest.
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May 11, 2018 7:47 PM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
It looks like the beginning of roots, nothing bad. When you say one actually died, do you mean a leaf or a plant?
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May 13, 2018 9:47 AM CST

LorettaNJ said:It looks like the beginning of roots, nothing bad. When you say one actually died, do you mean a leaf or a plant?

Leaf, it turned a faint yellow. Also many of the leaves are drooping. The coleus is also turning purple in some places, mainly near the bottom. The bumps don't appear near the top so it may be roots.

I had taken a cutting of my coleus and started to regrow it, the roots do grow out of the side just like the bumps (which are also on the cutting). So that's good that the bumps are just growing roots, the dying leaf and drooping leaves may be something else.
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May 14, 2018 5:34 PM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
If you moved the plant and disturbed the roots while doing it, the wilting could just be shock. Otherwise, it could be the roots. Were the roots kept wet in the AeroGarden? Those are plugs, not hydroponics, right? If you think the roots are healthy but in a new medium, try putting the pot in a plastic bag. Just a shopping bag lightly tied off at the top will work. Watch for white fuzz. Then you need to let in more fresh air by maybe leaving the top open. Otherwise, it could be root rot. A picture of the leaf drop could be helpful. Coleus will drop leaves when you change the lighting conditions too. If the stem looks healthy, it should grow new leaves.
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May 17, 2018 1:20 PM CST

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There is one more leaf like this. When I said drooping, I meant folding or curling up. They haven't done that (the folding) in some time. It's not really a problem now that I know the bumps were just roots. Thanks
May 17, 2018 9:25 PM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
That's good then. So just a yellow leaf or two is OK.
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May 18, 2018 8:01 AM CST

Thanks, is there a way to close this?
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