Coleus Cuttings

coleus cuttingsFall has been a little slow in coming to my area. We did have a few cool days a couple weeks ago—enough to prompt me to put away the summer clothes and get out the winter clothes—but then it turned warm again. (Anybody need a turtleneck?)

But the nights are getting cooler and cooler, and my pots of annuals are looking pretty ratty, so I’ll be composting them this weekend. But first I took a few minutes to take cuttings from a favorite coleus.

We are rooting four stems in water on the windowsill and I plan to pot them up as free houseplants. My nearly-two-year-old is very excited about their presence. Every morning she visits them, adjusting each vase just so and saying “wa-wa!”

I also considered digging up the three ‘Lollipop’ verbena from the garden, potting them and storing them in the garage because they are hardy to Zone 7 and we’re in Zone 6. But I decided against it. I will mulch them well, wish them the best and spend the winter thinking about what to put in their place if they don’t make it.

What plants do you like to save over the winter?

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  1. I am not looking forward to dragging all my tropicals in for the winter. I live in Zone 8a on the eastern coast of Virginia and can leave quite a few plants outside. I have a sunroom and green house that I keep around 50-60 degrees and both of them are pretty packed with plants I overwinter. I overwinter 7 small citrus trees, a papaya, a dwarf guava, a sago palm, several bananas, bouganvilleas, mandevillas, colocasias, alocasias, various annuals that I want to save, and rootings of various coleus and scented geraniums. I will probably have to have all of them inside by the middle of November. It is quite a job because I also spray them down with insecticidal soap before I store them. I get pretty tired towards the end of the job and end up throwing some things away.

  2. It would help me if I knew WHERE you are located as you leave your comments about overwintering. Knowing how much freezing weather, snow, or other conditions that affect your plants occurs in your area would also be useful. Here in Seattle the autumn cool and rains are just beginning.

  3. It would help me if I knew WHERE you are located as you leave your comments about overwintering. Knowing how much freezing weather, snow, or other conditions that affect your plants occurs in your area. Here in Seattle the autumn cool and rains are just beginning.

  4. I have overwintered my colocasia for quite a few years. I let the first frost brown the leaves, then I put it in my insulated garage that doesn’t get below freezing. I put it in the darkest corner, and put a little water on it about once a month during its hibernation. Also do the same with alstromeria, lantana, New Zealand flax, and geraniums. I also overwinter my euphorbia “Diamond Frost” as a houseplant.

  5. Since i have no basement,I talked my husband into buildidng a little room on one end of our deck where I overwinter my plants. i have a heater which keeps it between 50 and 60 degrees. I keep Brugmansias, Bougainvilla, Hibiscus, Banana, Dragon Wing Begonias, Mandevilla, and Jasmine there. I cut the plants back and spray with Insecticidal soap before bringing them in – don’t want any critters in there. I also store all the summer bulbs – Cannas, Dahlias, Begonias, and Elephant Ears. I start cuttings of Geraniums, Coleus, Sweet Potato Vines, and various pot stuffers. My little room is quite packed when I get everything in for the winter.

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  7. I have 5 brugmansia that I cut back and haul into the basement. It is unheated with some light from a french door. I ignore them until March when I start adding a little water. This spring I found that one of the plants had put out a stem that reached the ceiling. The plants had the best blooms this summer.

  8. I have a beautiful potted Mandevilla vine. I live in Missouri. I would love to keep it thru the winter. If I move it in the house, how do I take care of it? Any help would be appreciated…

  9. i have over wintered hibiscus and bouganvilla and pointsetta for four years now in a sunny loft also a brugsmania . minimal water and a good trim before setting back out in spring has been sucessful plants r people too. hahaha

  10. For years I have over wintered in my cellar under flourescent lights Bougainvilla, Banana, Lantana, Oleander, scented geraniums, and cacti. For my fig tree, I let all of the leaves fall off before bringing it inside and place it into an unheated room. As the days become longer, the buds on the branches begin to swell, I resume watering and by that time I am able to place the fig outside in the spring as well as the above mentioned plants. As for my elephant ears and canna’s, I let the first heavy frost kill the leaves and place their pots in the cellar. I give them minimal moisture during the winter.
    Many of the plants will flower throughout the winter.

  11. I, too, overwinter as much as I can. I have an ornamental pepper and Dragon Leaf Begonia (overwintered for 2 years). This year I will will bring in my coffee tree. The begonia is beautiful and quite large. Can I cut it back sharply?

  12. I’m frugal and hate spending money on something I can overwinter with a little effort. So keep almost everything from the pots I use on our decks. Either I take cuttings or I cut back the plant, cut it back sharply and give it minimal water. The only plant I have no luck with is colocasia. I’ve tried lots of water, very little water and everything in between. No luck. Because it adds just the right note in a small pond, I replace it annually.

  13. I have a hibiscus that I use for tea, some ginger, lemon verbena, tea tree plant, a few figs, and some citrus trees as well. Needless to say we have quite a jungle inside. They keep the air clean and the gardener sane!

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