In my area (Zone 5a),Coleus is an annual, but it’s one of those awesome plants that keeps on giving all summer long. It’s also easy to propagate and grow Coleus and makes a great and fast filler for your landscaping.
It’s also one of those amazing,forgiving plants that you can snap a piece off for use a cutting and it will grow roots easily in water.
And, when you see those $5 baskets of coleus with 10 plants in them, make sure to buy them and break them a part! You can use them to fill in all over your garden! In fact when coleus get too tall and leggy, they are on their way to setting seed. This is a great time to snap a good inch or two off and they will branch out and become denser and fuller.
I know some of you are lucky that they are either a year round plants or will come back, but our frigid winters take care of that, so they are one of my favorite annuals here.
Also, giving it an aggressive pinching back will cause it to fill out beautifully, as you can see in the above picture.
Once the Coleus roots start appearing, you can plop it in some well-watered soil and let it grow.
When your propagate and grow Coleus, don’t let the roots get too long, or it won’t transplant well.
Normally in the beginning of the season, I buy some really beautiful large varieties, put them in the ground and start propagating and planting. Last winter, just before the first frost hit us hard, I took cuttings to overwinter my Coleus.
They root and grow so well in water, I thought I would put them in the sunniest window in the house(which happens to be my downstairs bathroom), in some random jars and vintage milk bottles, and see what happens.
I was happily surprised. I changed the water every week to keep it fresh. Not only did they flourish, but I can snapped them off at a nodes when they get too big and started new ones.It was perfect because they were ready to transplant in the garden in the spring after the last frost date had passed. Who knew a salsa jar could look so good?
It was so nice to have something so alive inside when everything else is so bleak and barren outside.
I think they look so pretty with their colors against the white and even their roots in the clear water look interesting.
When I change the water once a week I give the roots a quick rinse too.
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