Hi! I planted a Persian Shield in one of my pots this year for the first time. It’s growing by leaps and bounds and looks stunning, but it’s taking over the pot. Just wondering- if I trim it back like I do with my Coleus, will that encourage side growth? Also can it be easily propagated like Coleus with a cutting in damp soil? I’d love to try to overwinter it so I can use it again next spring. Thanks.
You are correct, pinching will encourage side shoots. They also root well, just be sure to take a long enough cutting so that one of the nodes (which tend to be further apart than coleus) will be below the soil level.
Just planted up a Persian Shield cutting I had rooted in water on the window sill. The plant I took the cutting from is huge and beautiful in a container in partial l shade so I hope there is enough time left for this one to attain such status. I love this plant.
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