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By Alextb

London, England Eng

Hi, I went over to my neighbour to give her some rosemary (which she says is the best she has used) and she said she bought 2 Coleus plants which had grown too big for her dining room table.

She told me that she was going to come and see if I wanted them, so i saved her a trip.

She told me that they can be put outside during the warm weather, and then they would die off when it got colder.

Basically, I was wondering if anyone could offer any Coleus care advice.

Much appreciated


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Hi Alex lovely Coleus you have there, if you nip the growing tips out it will keep the plant growing nice and bushy

8 Aug, 2011


Thanks for the info Dido.

8 Aug, 2011


They're often used as summer bedding plants as they have such interesting coloured leaves - and there are more colours available than just the ones you have. You could grow lots from seed next spring if you want to.

8 Aug, 2011


O.K, thanks Beattie, that sounds interesting.

8 Aug, 2011


If you want to keep them growing, pot them up again and either put them in a heated greenhouse, or in a room in the house that gets plenty of light, then you can plant them out again whe danger of frost is passed.
Iftou decide to do this, repot them before the first frost.derekm.

8 Aug, 2011


Thanks Derek.

8 Aug, 2011


Nip the flowers off when they appear too, there not pretty at all :) There houseplants Alex but look fantastic in the garden in summer, I have quite a few and i love them, So do the slugs tho !!!!

8 Aug, 2011


Ooh. I will have to look out for the slugs though. I will nip any buds off. They do look very nice with just foliage.

Thanks Daisy.

8 Aug, 2011


If you don't have room in the house for a full-up bush of them, you could take longish cuttings in the fall, and root them in water on the windowsill inside. When frost is over, plant them out again!

8 Aug, 2011


Thanks Tugbrethil. My neighbour said that they root well from cuttings, so I may just do that.

9 Aug, 2011

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