Most varieties of coleus plants will produce a suitable topiary. Coleus are one of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings. Become a Partner. How to Keep Coleus Through Winter. Coleus plants (genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon) are flowering evergreen perennials. The coleus produces tall spikes of tiny, inconspicuous flowers during spring and summer. Coleus plants kept over from year to year in the greenhouse or in tropical climates will need to be pruned regularly to keep blooming tendencies at bay. Coleus plants are durable; cut them back … You will get double branching from each cutting that will add to the bushiness. Coleus Pruning. Here are the basic pruning strategies commonly used for coleus: To encourage coleus to grow straight, pinch off the side branches, but not the leaves growing directly on the stem. Post #9189213. This video about healthy gardening is … Most people find that starting each year with fresh plants, purchased or from their own cuttings, is the best way to avoid age-related blooming. Since they are leggy, should I cut them back and then they will regrow? Anyone have any tips? Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus. Well pruned plants don’t look pruned, but instead appear natural. Trimming the stems back. Pruning or trimming helps the plant grow faster and stays upright. Coleus can be cut back at any time you want. A coleus that's grown indoors might become leggy with time, especially if it's grown in low-light conditions. However, the substrate must never be too wet. Pruning will not bother it. do you prune it off or just leave it alone? Pruning: To retain lush foliage, prune off the coleus flowers as they appear using sterilized pruning tools. My coleus overwintered nicely. i have had much luck propagating this plant but it all seems to be for not when it is finished blooming any insight would be appreciated! I’m not 100% convinced that if the coleus is an annual removing the flowers is to advantage of the foliage. The plant will put out branches just below where you prune it. i have a question regarding the coleus, what do you do when your coleus is large and beautiful and the long blooms at the ends die? With a few simple steps and minor after-care, you can grow wonderful plants that will give you months of pleasure. Take cuttings just above a set of leaves. Quote. Your coleus will keep its best looks if you prune it every two or three months all winter. As you very well know, coleus is known for its. Coleus are easy to grow from seeds or cuttings, but I wanted to explain my method of growing them from cuttings. Wait about 2-3 weeks and cut off another branch, again about 6-8 inches above the pot. Coleus plants come in a range of colors from pale yellows and greens, to pinks and dark reds, and even dark purples that resemble black. When you prune, do so judiciously. I wish I could find some tips on the best way to prune coleus to get a nice busy plant. Stake the stems if they begin to seem weak. This helps plants grow new stems and bushier, more compact growth. Bookmark. Remove thick stems and branches using a pruning saw. does the plant time out after the bloom dies? ... You want to cut back the weakest of 2 crossing branches, or cut shorter 1/4 inch above a node. For better pruning know about minimum height and width in Coleus Information. Without regular pruning, coleus plants can get 'leggy' and unattractive. Cut back plants and fertilize . Overwintering coleus plants is actually quite easy. they don’t look like they are going to die even though they are called annuals. Picking The Perfect Coleus. 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