Coleus & Snapdragons & Lettuce

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Around August 20th, I planted coleus and snapdragons in a Park Starts block, set between my minis. These plugs are similar to the AG3/6 bound-peat sponges, and work as replacement sponges. At that time (and maybe still not in stock at this time), there was no such thing as a Master Gardener kit for the mini. Anyway, these are slow-growing ornamentals, so wanted to keep my old flower garden until the replacement plants grew a bit.

The lettuce gardens really have nothing to do with the coleus & snapdragons, except proximity. I've grown a lot of lettuce gardens, though.

This first set of images is the products at Park Seed.

Coleus wizard mix - Park Seeds snapdragon, terra cotta mix, Park Seed Park Starts block, Park Seeds

Then transferred them to the mini... Easy transfer, since the starter plug simply replaces the sponge in the pod holder.

moved coleus & snapdragon seedling plugs into mini 1 week after transfer to mini ~5 weeks from seed closeup, age ~5 weeks coleus and snapdragons, age ~6 weeks 7 weeks - first snapdragon buds forming 7 weeks - added reflective blanket glare visors outside the mini, better shot of the coleus Snapdragons blooming! A bit over 8 weeks from seed. first snapdragon bloom closeup

9 weeks from seed, both snapdragons are in full bloom. These pictures are after cutting half the spikes off and putting them in a vase. (I let the plants get too big because I wanted the spikes.)

9 weeks, as they normally look 9 weeks - both snaps in full bloom 9 weeks - out of AG for a better look at the coleus snapdragon closeup - probably "candy corn" pattern

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Past time to replant the

Past time to replant the minis. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next with the flower mini yet. For now, it's starting some cuttings.

Gardens' end. Romaine won't stay out of lights, ornamentals vertically inept (and not ornamental anymore). Propagating 2 pineapple sage, 1 calibrochoa. Replanted lettuce mini with silvia red romaine again, ornamental is propagating pineapple sage and calibrochoa cuttings atm. Mixed planter - calibrochoa are the peach oval-squashed mini-petunias. The minty-looking plant is the pineapple sage. 

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Getting toward time to

Getting toward time to replant the minis.

pre-pruning post-pruning - KRC lettuce pod done, removed candy cane snapdragon - need replanting 

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Minis still perfectly happy.

Minis still perfectly happy. Pruned the snapdragons and coleus heavily last week, already looks like it never happened. The coleus are desperately clamoring to go outside. Planted out 4 more in a container that can hide in the garage on cold nights. But... acquired 6 more. I've been wanting so bad to get one of the green coleus to grow from this mix, but none came to me. But a garden center last weekend carried pure 6-packs of many of the wizard series components, and I got the "jade" (deep green with yellow-white mid-pattern.)

 Heavy pruning on the snapdragons and coleus last week, more monkey flowers now.  Coleus. Bought the elusive green & white ones of the coleus wizard series.  Planted out 2 impatiens + 4 coleus. Inherited the windowbox from a neighbor. 

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My ornamental garden is

My ornamental garden is happily flowering, but could sorely use a good pruning - maybe tomorrow. It's nice to have the orange snapdragon flowering again. The white monkey flower is missing today, though.

I've been a bit underwhelmed by the performance of this latest lettuce garden, and really disappointed at how the Korean Red Curl is doing, the first time I've grown it in an AG. But - it all eats good, and it's not ready for replanting, so we run with it.

 

Romaine and ornamental minis. Korean red curl not shining in that mini. Little Caesar lettuce didn't do well, either.  Coleus collection wants to go outside.  Supper greens. Last of seedling shelf spinach plant to left. 

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Ah, I see.  A mixed bag you

Ah, I see.  A mixed bag you have. 

 

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Thanks, Jude. I looked over

Thanks, Jude. I looked over the GH site briefly, but didn't see any advice on flowers. They did have some gorgeous snapdragon plants... not blooming, though.

I dunno about flowers in general, and this particular AG mini is a mixed bag (snapdragon, monkey flowers, and coleus, which I don't really want to flower). I'm happy using the AG Large and tap water. One of the snaps is already getting more vivid. This isn't necessarily what the flower is supposed to look like - I think it's supposed to be terra-cotta red and yellow. It's just prettier with the deeper yellow and magenta-tipped scarlet.

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Orlando Jude (not verified)
because the snapdragon colors

because the snapdragon colors just aren't as vivid with the GH nutes, despite trying a range of EC's (don't know what EC to use).

 

I think for flowers you need the flora nova series. Check it out on the GH site.  If you don't get any answers, just email them, or call & ask.  I found them to be very helpful.

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No, those romaines were

No, those romaines were planted toward the end of February (the KRC lettuce pod is 3.5 weeks). I've been munching them for quite a while.

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Yours are just 4 weeks? Mine

Yours are just 4 weeks? Mine are too but not as big as yours yet. Good to know I can wait a bit longer to eat them.

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Romaines really do seem to do

Romaines really do seem to do better with an extra week's head start (4 weeks) before I start eating them.

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