Purple, Anyone? Coleus Question

birdsnbloomsOctober 15, 2011

Daytime temps have been in the 60's, whereas, nights drop in the 50's. We had a couple nights in the 40's.

I'd like to take cuttings from Coleus growing in the garden.

What temps causes Coleus to freeze? Thanks, Toni

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Coleus are one of the first things I know of to succumb to frost, especially the tips, and they don't recover. We're supposed to get 38 degrees here Wed. nite. Frustrating since the 10-day shows 3 nights of questionable temps, then back to normal, around 45-50 for lows. Sheesh! Since there is no margin for error with coleus, I plan to get all of my cuts made and in the house by Wed to be safe. I don't know the exact temp where fatality occurs, so anything below 40 is the line I draw.

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