Six days ago I noticed my black Coleus had started to rot in a few places up the main stem. I cut off the pieces that were rotting and just dumped the scraps in the garden among other plants. Today before the big storms hit us I was in the garden trying to capture photos of a butterfly that was visiting and noticed that the Coleus cuttings still had not died.
Not only had they not died, they had started to bloom right where I dropped them. When I picked up this stem to photograph it for my gardening blog I noticed that it had started to root all on its own. I swear this isn't a trick- just a little bit of gardening magic I wanted to share with you visitors. This should give you an idea of the amount of humidity and rain we've been subjected to in Chicago lately. It has been so wet and humid that you can't even kill a plant on purpose. If you don't live in a jungle or if you don't think your Coleus are as determined to live on their own you can easily root them in plain water by taking cuttings before the first frost hits.