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HOW TO ROOT A COLEUS

Do you plant coleus in your flowerbeds, outdoor pots or window boxes? Do want to know how to root them to get more bang for your buck? This is a super easy way to do it.

Coleus is a staple in my flower garden every year. In every house we have owned, they have always been in my flower beds. They are super low maintenance and make a big impact. They also live throughout the summer into the late fall in my area.

DIY how to propagate a coleus

This year because I spent more of my time cutting down old shrubs and planting a huge score of perennials I bought off Craigslist in our new house Julie, I’ve spent less time at the nursery looking for flowers to plant. On one of my few trips to a local nursery I found these tiny pots of coleus that were only about 1 1/2 inches tall for $1.00. I grabbed up a bunch of them because I knew they did really well in my garden previous years. I actually prefer the pink and green leaf ones but this is what they had.

DIY how to propagate a coleus

After a few weeks of being in the ground, my new baby coleus were starting to dye off. I decided to try to propagate the ones that were left standing. Here’s what I did.

With my just my fingers I snipped of whatever stems I could get. Several tutorials I read like this one from Gardening Know How, said to make sure you are trimming below the lowest node but I had such tiny plants to begin with, I just snipped and hoped for the best.

Then I added some water in these small Turkish tea cups we have, placed the coleus in, and set it in my dining room window. I kept my eye on it for the next 2 weeks, adding water if needed to make sure the stem was still submerged.

After that 2 week period, you can see the roots! I don’t’ know about you, but I am completely amazed by this.

DIY how to root a coleus

Other tutorials said to take them from the water, and plant them in a pot with some good soil for several more weeks. I did not. I took them right from the water and put them back into my flower bed, full sun and all. These coleus are now thriving outside and I will be continuing to root them through out the summer to see how they do inside my house.

DIY how to root a coleus

Have you tried propagate anything from your garden? Let us know.

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