Plants – Propagating Coleus

I hope to save many coleus this year as both plants and seeds. To do this I will leave the majority of the plants in pots outdoors to flower and develop seeds, but for the ones I especially admire, I will take cuttings while rapid growth is taking place.

I like to come up with names for the coleus that are unique. Pink is a color I desire in a coleus so the leaf on the left is especially fine to me with that large pink splotch in the center. I also like the scalloped edges in two tones of green. I think I will call this one: The Scalloped Rose.

The coleus in the center is so unique I am astounded. The center of the leaf is an ecru/pinkish/white color and it is edged with brilliant lime green. The ruffled appearance of the plant makes me think of a Victorian cravat and Jane Austen books. Aha! The perfect choice of name: Lymed Cravat. For those of you who read Jane Austen perhaps you will notice my play on the word lime as the town of Lyme in ‘Persausion.’

I haven’t come up with a name for the third yet, but I’m thinking…any ideas? Many thanks to Candice, you can read her reply in the comment section. The name of the third is now ‘Wildfire.’ Thanks so much Candice…it’s a perfect choice. Candice is a WordPress Blogger. You can read her posts on: This Made Me Smile Today.

31 thoughts on “Plants – Propagating Coleus

  1. Wildfire is a great name. These must be rare coleus (coleii?), right Kathy?
    My mother is a fan of coleus too.
    As usual I am surprised coleus can grow from seeds- I always thought they grew from cuttings.
    The middle one Lymed Cravat is really beautiful.
    Susie

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks Susie, I don’t know if they are rare, but they are very unique since they come from years and years of allowing coleus to cross-pollinate and seed collection afterwards. I love seeing what new leaf patterns and colors I will find each year. Thanks for taking a look. Kathy

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      1. Oh, are they varieties you developed then ?
        Have you heard the story of Alice Vonk and the white marigold she developed with years of self pollination ( may be) ?
        Your work seems similar to hers. Honestly I didn’t know you were such an enthusiastic horticulturist and a business woman as well. So proud of you.
        Susie

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        1. Timelesslady

          I only have sold some seed packets this year. I have many planted in hopes of more next year. I don’t hand-pollinate, I let the insects pollinators do the work. This year I have quite a few really unique plants. I’m excited about what new looks they will bring forth next year. Thanks Susie, Kathy

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  2. Emmelie Alvarsson

    Hi! I live in Sweden. I am a big big fan of Coleus. I was browsing the internet and came a cross your wonderful Coleus pics. I am amazed. They are so beautiful. I read that you sell seeds. I was wondering if its posible for me in Sweden to buy? Or trade? Can I come in contact with you about this? You get my email and I would love to hear from you. Best Regards Emmelie

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    1. Timelesslady

      Hi Emmelie. Thanks so much for the kind comments about my coleus. Unfortunately, customs in most countries prohibits the sale, trade or transport of seeds or other plant material. You can check with your your customs and see if it is possible to receive seeds from the US. If it is I will be happy to talk with you further. Thanks again.

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      1. Emmelie Alvarsson

        Thank you for answer so quickly. I have read the rules and regulations for importing seeds in to my country. When it comes to…hm… I dont know the right word…..Google translate says ornamental plants….however….when it comes to Coleus seeds its fine to import. I dont know when it comes to cutlings tough. It would be so great to buy cutlings from you but they would never make the trip I guess. Do you have my email? Contact me by mail in that case 😀

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        1. Timelesslady

          I’m not sure I have your email. I am just opening up the computer now for the day…I’ll get back to you with a way to contact me. Thanks so much.

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        2. Timelesslady

          Emmelie, I will be putting my seeds on Etsy, I will reserve a packet for you or whatever quantity you want. If I go through Etsy we don’t have to exchange addresses over this blog post. I try not to do that for security reasons. You will need to have an Etsy account to purchase the seeds. Etsy is a very easy online store to sign up for the purpose of purchasing.

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          1. Emmelie Alvarsson

            I always have to state my email-adress when I leave a comment. I just assumed you were able to se it. I dont want to write it in a blog post for everyone to se. But if you want to go trough Etsy its fine by me. I think its easier for me to pay that way to. Just give me a link or tell me how to find you on etsy 🙂

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            1. Timelesslady

              I am sorting out the coleus seeds now. I let the stalks dry in brown paper bags, then I clean them, make a mix of all the different plants, and then I create handmade seed packets. I sell the seeds in 100+ lots for 4.99 a packet. I am not sure how much it will cost to send out of the US, but I will find out before I put them up. Thanks so much for your interest.

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  3. Timelesslady

    Hi Emmelie, I looked up Sweden’s import and customs information on seeds and it will be impossible for me to send the seeds to you. I would need something called a phytosanitary certificate, and since I am just a homegrown seed seller I do not have the means to get one of these. Thanks so much for the interest in my seeds. I am so sorry it didn’t work out for me to be able to get some to you. Kathy

    http://www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/trade/tradeinplants/plantsandplantproductsforprivateuse.4.6621c2fb1231eb917e680004156.html

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    1. Emmelie Alvarsson

      This does not apply to seeds from ornamental plants. Just cutlings. I have read the hole text and I’ve been in contact with ”växtispektionen på Jordbruksverket” in English I guess its departement for agriculture or something like that. As I told you. I have checked thats this is ok. I have email from ”Jordbruksverket” to prove I am right. But this is not that important to me. You dont feel comfortable with this I can tell. I can get seeds and cutlings from other people. Its ok!

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