Now I LOVE it and really do not want to lose it. Do any of you save your coleus inside for the winter? I know I can take cuttings, but what I really want is to save it large like it is now and bring it out next spring and have it look just as big and more beautiful. Is that too much to ask? In other words, can I just pull this guy inside and keep it all winter or do I need to take cuttings and start all over? Except for two Christmas cactus that were gifts, I have no house plants (believe it or not!). I really don't have much sunlight to grow them and I don't want to be bothered with them during the winter. But now and then (like now) I get the crazy notion to try to save a plant over the winter (the odds are good that next year I will not be able to find this one any place in my town). Usually I last about one month before the mess of dying leaves, etc. is just more than I can stand and I pitch the plant. Will coleus make a big mess during the winter?
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.