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Monday, 2 January 2017

Growing Coleus Plants In My Garden.

One afternoon, hubby came home from work bringing 2 plant cuttings for our garden. They were from his friend's garden. They have colourful leaves and their common name is Coleus.
The leaves are in maroon, pink, yellow and white.
Hubby planted the cuttings under the shade of the bougainvillea plant.
They were easy to grow and fast growing too. They grow well in partial shade and in well-drained soil. And they do not need to be fertilized regularly.
Coleus are not fussy plants but watch out for pests, especially mealy bugs, white flies, etc.
Coleus grow easily through cuttings. Just cut below the leaves node, remove the leaves and make sure the node is covered with garden soil. Do not over water or the plants will rot.
Coleus have tiny flowers. I haven't tried collecting the seeds or tried propagating with seeds.
Since the flowers are tiny and not attractive, I prefer to pinch off the buds to encourage more branches to grow.
To prevent the plant growing tall or leggy, I can also pinch off the young shoots.
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Here is another type of Coleus which my hubby brought home.
This plant has wavy leaves with scallop edges. The leaves have shades of green, maroon, pink.
There are many type of colourful Coleus out there.
  The leaves come in different sizes, shapes and colours.
Currently there are only 2 types of Coleus in my garden and they have helped to brighten up my garden.

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52 comments:

  1. I think i seen this plant before, only that i do not know the name of it...

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    1. I have grown this before but then I do not know its name until recently.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Have a lovely day!

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  5. These are certainly very pretty. They were the first plants I ever bought as a fledgling gardener. They did last a while before eventually succumbing to my inexpert care!

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    1. Same with me, Stacy. I started off with a beautiful bed. Due to neglect, all disappeared. Now starting with two plants.

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  6. I love coleus, we used to grow them in South Africa but I have never tried here. All the best for 2017 Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Wishing you and family all the best for the new year!

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  7. Coleus comes in so many wonderful colors.

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  8. Beautiful colors :) happy gardening

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  9. The purple colour is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Have a wonderful day!

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  10. They are stunning and look so healthy! I feel like growing them now...

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    1. Oh yes, do grow them because they are beautiful!

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    1. These colourful plants has got my interest!

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  12. It is most beautiful. You have an amazing green thumb.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fantastic day!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous and vibrant! You are fantastic with flowers and plants!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a lovely day!

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  15. Gorgeous, stunning colors!! about 40 years ago, I had three large coleus similar to yours. I kept them for many years, inside! They sat in my sunny kitchen window. All of your beauty, just from small cuttings! You do work miracles with all plants!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. I hope my plants will grow large and last long like yours.

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  16. Such a beautiful plant, stunning colours.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Have a beautiful day!

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  17. Gorgeous macro shots of the beautiful coleus ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ~ ^_^

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Wishing you all the best for the new year!

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  18. Happy New Year
    I love these flowers though they do not bloom well with me. However with my sister the blossom like weeds

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    1. Nature is very unpredictable. Happy new year to you too!

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  19. Hola Nancy. Me encantan tus fotos. El primer coleo es muy común aquí, el segundo de hojas ondulas que es precioso, lo desconocía, es la primera vez que lo veo. Muchas gracias por darme la oportunidad de conocerte. Un beso.

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    1. Thank you, dear for your visit and comment. Happy new year to you.

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a lovely day!

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  21. Very colorful coleus foliage. We had bad luck with them in Dallas except for the shady side of our house. Thanks for visiting my post, and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Kenneth. They are now in semi shade. Hope they will grow well. Happy new year to you too!

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  22. The plants that hubby brought is amazing! The leaves are like flowers. I like to have that too in our garden.

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    1. Thank you, Ishmael. They are growing well now. Happy new year!

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  23. I will try this. The leaves look so rich in colour.

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    1. Please do, they are beautiful. Happy new year!

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  24. The leaves of these flowers are beautiful shapes and colors. Regards.

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    1. Thank you, Giga. Have a beautiful new year!

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Anne. Have a lovely day!

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