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Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

Posted by sweetmonkeycheese z9 Tampa (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 20, 14 at 14:56

The green one has grown so much so fast. I want to keep some in the pot and then re- pot some in another pot. Can that be done or will it hurt the plant? I forgot the type the green one is, the purple is Persian Shield

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RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

Yeah, you can pull them from the pot and gently tease the roots apart. I find it helps to use a bucket of water and a hose to wash the soil out of the roots. Then immediately repot both.

The green one kind of looks like my Firespikes and if that's what it is, it can take being cut back to the roots and it will come back... and then you could plant the nodes of the cut material and get lots of new plants... if it's Firespike.

RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

Actually, looking at the pics again in the light of home rather than the blazing sun of Sea World, the green one does not look like Firespike to me. It's too bright. Mine are a darker green. Still, it looks like it has shoots at the nodes, so it should be able to hand a pruning. If you are unsure, prune back one stem by one node and monitor it. If it sprouts one or two more stems it should be okay to prune.

This post was edited by Leekle2ManE on Sun, Jul 20, 14 at 22:08

RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

  • Posted by tomncath St Pete Z10a Heat 10 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 7:10

Sure wish we knew what it is, I think the colors are striking together. If you had some idea that it was not going to get too big I'd leave them together.


RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

looks like coleus...other is Persian Shield....Coleus will be rooted by the time you get in the house after repotting.....

RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

The purple is a persian shield and I cant remember what the other is, but I think it is a very common thing - light bright green shady plant - I looked up the coleus and I think that is correct.

When I bought them I knew I was on the hunt for the Persian and once I had that in my hand I picked out a pretty pot and then need something I thought would go nice w/ both, so the bright green was my choice, was too excited about the Persian to even think to see what the green was (Persian was the only plant my husband saw that he liked enough to make a comment about, so I knew I had to get one!)

when you say "will be rooted by the time" - that is a good thing right, means it can take the separation and re-poting w/ out a problem.

well I guess I am off to read about Coleus now... Thanks!

RE: Can i "cut" the Green one in half?

Yes, it's a good thing. Coleus is one of the easier plants to transplant and take cuttings from. I wasn't sure it was coleus because most I see are multicolored and that one looks bigger than ones I have had, but there are 'Jumbo' varieties and it could be one of those. But yeah, coleus can be cut back and then you can put the cuttings in a glass of fresh water and they will put out new roots in about a week.

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