Summer is here and many of us are using Coleus in our gardens and planted containers around our patios and porches. I love Coleus because they are so hardy and thrive in the heat of the summer and the beating down of the sun's rays. They are also filled with all sorts of varieties and colors too. I think they add a little personality to any setting. Better yet, they are pretty cheap. Even better yet, they are the easiest plant to root. I buy a few plants and multiply them through the season by taking cuttings as they grow or get a little 'leggy.' Plus...as if I needed another great reason...they are a delight to have on my kitchen window sill as they root in cut little glass containers.
So here are the steps:
1. Take a clipping from the top of your coleus.
2. Clear away the bottom of the stem of leafs. I do this to cut down on rot in the water. You only need the stem to get roots. Extra leaves just get in the way.
3. Find a cut clear container, vase or whatever. I like clear so I can monitor the root growth as it comes through. Fun to watch the miracle unfold. Fill the container with fresh water that covers the bottom of the stem.
4. Wait a few days to a week and the roots will start to show.
5. Wait until the plant has a healthy amount of roots and plant it in a pot with wet soil.
6. Make sure you give it a little water everyday for about a week to help it establish itself in the pot. Done. New plant!
This particular new coleus found a home on the table on my back screened in patio next to a few succulents. I also rooted that succulent there in the front middle. How did I do that? Well, it was a little baby or offshoot of a large succulent. I just plucked it off and set it in this pot. Watered it daily and now look at it!
********Before I leave today, I wanted to say THANK YOU to Kim over Savvy Southern Style for the nice feature of my White Living Room. I have been posting links to my blog on her Wow Us Wednesday for over and year and this is my first feature! Click HERE to see the feature. Thanks Kim!
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