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RE: cuttings


Hi Vera,

Not entirely sure, but really believe that the only thing you might get out
of the garlic clove thing is a garlic plant.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Vera Metzke
Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:40 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] cuttings


Donna,
That sure brings up the perfect time to ask my myth or fact!  Heard on
a show about home remedies that a clove of garlic in the dirt of house
plants will keep the bugs away...maybe owners too but has anyone else
heard this before?  It was a new one for me!
Vera

On 8/7/05, kmrsy@netzero.net <kmrsy@netzero.net> wrote:
> Donna,
> If you are planning to let the coleus go to seed and collect the seed
> for starting next year, there could be a chance. However, I think many
> are sterile. I'm sure you would not get the same leaf patterns if they
> did germ. A lot of the neat ones today are what are called vegetative
> varieties - they have to be propagated from cuttings.
>
>
> My big problem with trying to carry coleus cuttings through winter is
> mealybugs. I kept treating them, but then they'd pop up on another one.
> Finally, all I had left were 3 Tilt-a-whirls with mealybugs, but it was
> spring so I put them outside in a cloche where they could get cold
> enough to kill the bugs but stay just warm enough to hopefully not kill
> the plants. It worked, they look great now. Interestingly, one of the
> cuttings, while it did keep its T-a-w coloring, it lost its trademark
> fan shape and sort of reverted to a pointy leaf.
>
>
> Kitty
>
>
> -- "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Just another dumb question.....
>
> I have some interesting coleus this year that were purchased as small
> plants, you know the spring tray type purchases. Some turned out to have
an
> interesting color combo leaves.
>
> So.... if I let them go to seed, would the seeds produce the same colors
> next year?
>
> I know you are all going to suggest I take cuttings, but that never works
> for me- about the end of Feb- early March- everything dies here! I suppose
I
> could mooch a tad of room at the greenhouse, but previous years taught me-
> they don't die, but sure come up missing about the time I need them! So
that
> is out too....
>
> Donna
>
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