Coleus cuttings

kek19June 13, 2007

I was told coleus is one of the easiest things to grow from cuttings, so I took a couple cuttings. What's the easiest way to get them to root? Right now they are in a cup of water.

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brownleaf

perlite

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 3:17PM
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lhendri479

Just put them in wet perlite with water? That's it? Sounds too easy - lol

Thanks you

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 3:58PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Remove all but a couple of the top leaves, remove any flower buds that might be growing. I also like to use perlite as a rooting medium. Make sure that the container drains properly so that you can keep it watered. You are not rooting IN water, but in perlite.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 9:44AM
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house_first_timer(9)

I always root my coleus cuttings in water and they do well for me.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 9:52PM
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phyl345(z.5)

it seems everyone is able to root coleus in water ... except me, that is ... they rot & get slimey in just a few days ... obviously, doing something wrong?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 1:31AM
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kek19

I left them in the water, the little one has roots as of today. I'm hoping the bigger one will soon!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 9:08PM
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maemer(z7SC)

I have been rooting coleus like crazy...just clip it right below where 2 leaves are ...about a 4-6 inch clipping...then cut off the leaves above where you cut it...then cut off all other leaves except the top 2...now cut the ends off these 2 leaves...can dip them in root tone or not...stick them in some potting soil or Fafards mix...water well & put them in the shade..should be rooted in a few days...good luck!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 9:37PM
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yellowseven(Dallas)

Coleus is very simple to root. I think using water is over-thinking the process. We just pinch off a piece with our fingers and stick it in dirt ( potting soil ). They don't like full sun for the first couple of days ( they will wilt ) but in about a week they will be kicking it! You can divide these suckers every couple of weeks and get more coleus than you know what to do with.

Jon

Here is a link that might be useful: Tissue Culture Hobbyist

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 10:24AM
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