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Author Topic: colorful smelling coleus/plectranthus/salvia cross-breeding project  (Read 254 times)

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the goal is colorful leaved coleus, crossed with it's close relative with scented leaves; salvias or plectranthus.
via cross-pollination or maybe callus culture of the two grown together in-vitro.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleus

coleus grows fast and easy from seeds, and flowers pretty fast, so it's good subject.
the plectranthus i have though never has flowered, so just waiting on some flowers.
scented salvia maybe another possible cross, same family, same flowers and stems.

..whoever can grow scented colorful coleus, automatically pass go and collect 200M
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Re: colorful smelling coleus/plectranthus/salvia cross-breeding project
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2022, 11:51:10 pm »

I have many aromatic Coleus and Plectranthus I can send you for this project if you like

Coleus amboinicus
Coleus barbatus
Coleus caninus
Coleus caninus ‘Variegata’
Coleus comosus
Coleus grandidentatus
Coleus hadiensis var. tomentosa
Coleus madagascariensis ‘Lynne’
Coleus neochilus
Coleus sp. ‘Mount Carbine’
Coleus sp. ‘Vicks Plant’
Another Coleus which I don't know the species of

Plectranthus cremnus
Plectranthus fruticans ‘James’
Plectranthus zuluensis
Plectranthus sp. ‘Ngorongoro Crater’

I don't have any aromatic Salvias but will be getting Salvia elegans come late March which again I would be happy to share once I have grown out cuttings or have seeds if you preferred these
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Re: colorful smelling coleus/plectranthus/salvia cross-breeding project
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2022, 12:45:43 am »

Nice! thanks i hope that we work out a trade in the future.
i have a plectranthus amboinicus and one variegated type,
and lots of color-leaf coleus(blumei?) of different varieties.

to think it over, salvias might be the best bet for any success.
plectranthus have succulent leaves, and don't have square stems,
but the coleus have square stems, and thin leaves, like salvias.
salvia-Dvn would be good one to try, if you can send some pollen,
it would take a long time to figure out if that was successful cross..
maybe i could send you some coleus polen to try on your salvias,
it would be quicker to know results by leaf color, without testing.

..this is at least a year long experiment until there are any seeds
and i realize this probably wont work, but it's easy and worth a try.

i had a grape scented salvia, and melon scented salvia,
but unfortunately they died soon after i planted outside.
i might try those again, only about 6$ from Richter's
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Re: colorful smelling coleus/plectranthus/salvia cross-breeding project
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2022, 04:30:56 pm »

Out of my aromatic Coleus and Plectranthus, my Plectranthus fruitcans would be the most similar to the colourful leaved Coleus scutellarioides / Coleus blumei.

The leaves are similar in looks and thickness.
Also it has squarish stems, especially on the brown branches in the photo below. None of my other Plectranthus or Coleus have square stems except this one.
This one also produced lots of flowers.

Id be happy to send you cuttings of all the ones mentioned above anyway, no trade needed. If however if you had something to send back that would obviously be most welcomed.
I also grow the colourful species of Coleus so I dont need any pollen, but thank you. I will most likely be using all my SD pollen on the next seed attempt
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