Maroon 6

2015 Update

I apologize for not keeping up with this blog. That is not to say I haven’t been keeping up with the Coleus. I just haven’t felt like typing it all out. It is almost too overwhelming at times. Last fall I had surgery for melanoma on my arm, which prevented me from lifting trays of…

December Update

It’s been about three months since I gave my plants haircuts and brought them indoors for the long Wisconsin winter. I have seen my plants go from big, healthy mini-bushes to sticks and stumps. The soil has gone from overly-saturated (it rained a lot before I brought them inside) to winter-dry. I’ve seen the main…

Getting Ready for Indoors

When we came back from our trip, our Coleus had grown to really big, healthy sizes. A week later, we started cutting them down to about only 6-8 inches high, prepping them to go indoors under lights as soon as the weather gets below 40 degrees at night. Cutting back exposes the undergrowth of smallish…

Planning for Fall

In the past, we would bring the Coleus indoors for the winter and put them on the floor in front of windows in a room upstairs. We had maybe 20 plants at the most back then, and most of them would die. After that, we would bring them in and give them haircuts so the…

Baby Kongs

Last summer we discovered that a Mosaic Kong at some point had flowered and gone to seed in its pot. The mother plant had died, but had left us with a million Baby Kongs. We planted them and tried to overwinter them, but I must admit I was bad and didn’t take care of them…

Reverting

I’ve heard it said that if humans evacuated the planet, domestic dogs left to their own devices after generations of breeding would all start to look the same: small, brownish wolf-like creatures of about 35 pounds. They would revert back to their feral selves. Left without natural sun and summer warmth, the many varieties of…