Outdoor Kong Coleus overwatered - Can it be saved??Please help!!

katvonpeckJuly 12, 2011

My two Kong Coleus were planted outside together in an urn on my deck and have been thriving (and are my pride and joy). We had major rain storms the past week and I noticed that water was not draining from the pot as there was a pool of water at the top of the soil so I tipped the urn to get that water off. I noticed that the leaves were wilting, I fixed the drainage holes and water drained out the bottom. The soil is still wet so I have not watered but it is still wilted- what do I do? Should I let the plant dry out or water? I don't want this beautiful plant to die!! Any advice is greatly appreciated as I am a beginner gardener.


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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You can remove & root all of the stems as new plants. They will root in water or moist (not soggy) soil. Do a search to learn more about coleus cuttings if you would like to try. You can also "save" your plant through winter this way - with cuttings in jars or bottles.

If you have somewhere in the ground to put the root ball, that may save it. If not, try removing it from the pot, replace the dirt, then replant it. It may be too rotted to recover but certainly worth a try.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:46AM
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Thank you, I will try replanting it in the pot with all new soil and also will cut some of stems to try as new plants. Is it the roots that become rotted and that is why the plant has not responded and continues to droop?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 4:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It's hard to say without pics, but that's what I would guess, root rot. If any of the stems are "mushy" they are probably too far gone. Try taking cuttings of firm stems, they should snap like celery.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 10:21AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Just curious about what happened to your coleus?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 9:27AM
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