Who Cut the Coleus?

I cut the coleus.

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I had to.  I had been holding back.  Timing is everything.

But I couldn’t hold back any longer.

So, right there in the backyard, I cut the coleus.

Kong Coleus

I also cut the sweet potato vine and the begonias.

Begonia

The forecast for our area is showing lows in the mid 30’s by Saturday night.  For me, that means it’s time to take cuttings of my favorite plants to overwinter until spring.

You see, I’m cheap frugal.  I start most of my plants from seeds or cuttings.  I have too many flower beds to fill and it would cost a small fortune to buy enough to achieve the effect I want.

Coleus and sweet potato vines are among the easiest plants to root from cuttings.  Begonias take a little more time to root, but it can be done.

First, let’s pick out the nicest “stalk” of coleus

Sun Coleus

Pick off the lower leaves until you get to the top 2 or 3 leaves.

Plop it in water and move on to the next stalk.  That’s it.  When you’re done, you will have a nice bouquet of coleus that will last several weeks in the water.

Kong Coleus

Do the same for the sweet potato vine.

Sweet Potato Vine

and begonias.

In a few short weeks, you will notice roots developing in the water.

At this point I either:  a) just leave them in the water a few more weeks or   b)pot them up and move them to their winter home.  They do need to be kept somewhat warm as they are heat loving plants.  And that is the tricky part at my house.

We heat mainly with wood.  Which is great if you stay close to the wood stove.  Venture out into other parts of the house and you can see your breath.  Heat loving plants don’t like to see their breath.

If you have a box with tall sides, pot up the cuttings, water and place in the box lined with a plastic trash bag with a layer of newspapers on top of the trash bag.  Or, pot them up, water, and place on a tray on top of the refrigerator. Try to keep as warm as possible and don’t forget to check occasionally to see if they need water.  Just don’t overwater.  Come spring, just think of the money you will be saving when you replant!

So…. go on…get out there and cut the coleus!

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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17 Responses to Who Cut the Coleus?

  1. I wish I had some to cut, I’m inspired! Maybe I’ll try to winter over geraniums this year.

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  2. JKF says:

    You should make a hot room in your upstairs bathroom. Isn’t that room right above the wood stove? Seems like it would stay pretty warm in there.

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  3. you would think that it would but it doesn’t. We don’t even turn the heat on upstairs unless the kids come to visit. plus, I would have to walk up the stairs to check on them. would hate to get any extra exercise! 🙂

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  4. At least you didn’t cut the cheese! I’ve got coleus in pots that I was thinking of trying to overwinter inside this year. I usually forget to water indoor plants in the winter so I have great luck with cacti and succulents.

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  5. fairegarden says:

    Very nice, BG! Saving plants inside by taking cuttings is a great way to have a good supply for the next season. I am trying Cupheas this year, since the hummingbirds love them so and they aren’t always available here. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
    Frances
    ps, I have added your blog to my blogroll

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  6. Jennifer says:

    The timing of your post is perfect! Frost caught my favourite coleus of the summer and did most of it in. I was able to take some cuttings, but was unsure to put them in water or directly into the soil. In the end, I guessed right, and put them in water. I am going to try to salvage some potato vine as well. Like you, I can ill afford to buy all new plants each spring.

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