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Postby botan » December 30th, 2011, 12:18 pm

Yup, I'm mad about coleuses!
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This is just a part, my camera can't catch them all. :lol:
I even have my own varieties with wich I'm very proud. :D
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » December 30th, 2011, 12:25 pm

What colours, Botan! This is incredible!
To what family do belong Coleus?
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Re: Coleus

Postby botan » December 30th, 2011, 12:30 pm

The mint family (Lamiaceae)
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Re: Coleus

Postby Laci » December 30th, 2011, 1:02 pm

Lovely colours!
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » December 30th, 2011, 4:40 pm

These plants are also used in hybridizing, they have names? That's very interesting.
Botan, show us some of yours, each by name. ;)
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Re: Coleus

Postby botan » December 31st, 2011, 3:18 pm

Well some of them have names other not so much. It's complicated with the names here because coleus plants are very variable, and also there is no place where they can be registrated.
Here are two of mine, the others I chopped down for reproduction and I can't take a fresh pic of them, but I have some old pics if you want. :)
This one is a sample for variability. The leaf colour range is from clear green to clear brownish red. I named it Galaxy.
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This one don't have name yet. I must think of some :D
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Thank you all, I'm glad that you like them! kiss:
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » December 31st, 2011, 3:24 pm

Oh, old pics are perfected, we haven't seen them anyhow ;)

Galaxy - it is a good name, I like it.
The second one, reminds a bit of "girl" leaves in african violets. Maybe this can inspire you a name.
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Re: Coleus

Postby illustrator » January 6th, 2012, 10:54 pm

Dibleys is selling named varieties, so maybe you can ask them who named them. I think that it is not a good idea to give names to plants which you did not grow from seeds yourself, because they might have another name already and this can cause confusion later on. I give my nameless plants just numbers or codes for my administration.

I think that dibleys does not send them abroad, because they cannot stand being in a small moist bag for very long. In the shops are nearly only no-name varieties.

May I ask how you get them through the winter? Do you use artificial light? I had a lot of problems with Impatiens in the last months and lost most (natural light was not enough). I think that Impatiens has similar needs as Coleus.
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » January 7th, 2012, 11:28 am

Paul, as I understood, those 2 without names are obtained by Botan.
There are his hybrids.
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Re: Coleus

Postby Gabi_Munich » January 8th, 2012, 1:42 am

Botan, wow, what a colorful display of plants! I love it but I'm not a coleus person, so far I managed to kill all plugs I got :(
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Re: Coleus

Postby botan » January 12th, 2012, 9:01 pm

illustrator wrote:I think that dibleys does not send them abroad, because they cannot stand being in a small moist bag for very long. In the shops are nearly only no-name varieties.

That's not true. In the end of the summer Dibleys sent me coleuses and the where in great shape!
Here they are right after i opened the box:
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They weren't dehydrated, they were just curved because of the small box.
And them after a week or two:
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Paul, Valkiria is right the coleuses in my previous post are my hybrids. I would never give a name to something that I didn't create. Thats why I refuse to post separate theme for every sort I have, because a huge part of my collection is unknown. ;)
The promised old photos (my hybrids also):
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I really don't like the photo of the last one, but I think is one of the most attractive that I made. His name is Puzzle Paint.
All the year I'm growing them as a house plants and they get only natural light. It's not enough for them but that is the best I can do at this moment.
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » January 12th, 2012, 11:18 pm

They are so colorful and juicy! And not only colors are great, but also the shape, form of the leaves. I didn't new there are so beautiful coleuses!
How many named varieties do you have, and how many NOIDs?
How they grow? You just give them the way they want to grow, or you chopping them, They grow on the flow, become tall, huge, or you grow them on shelves?
Some pictures of the place they grow could help to calm my curiosity. :)
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Re: Coleus

Postby botan » January 14th, 2012, 5:58 pm

I can't count them, they are too many, but lets say 10 % named and 90% unknown.
I chop them only when I'm sick cleaning fallen flowers and remove flower spikes or when I need to propagate them.
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This is a side view of some of them, i can't catch them all. They are on a big table near the window (most of them).
Here I have Pineapplete, and I can tell you - his secret wish were to be a tree. happy:
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Re: Coleus

Postby Valkiria » January 15th, 2012, 2:36 am

Looks great, Botan! Jungle!
Pineapplete - it is almost a real tree! It is so unreal! :)
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Re: Coleus

Postby Gabi_Munich » January 15th, 2012, 2:30 pm

botan, they are really nice to look, so colorful and vibrant happy03:
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