Starting Coleus From Seed
I am very new to starting plants from seed and have chosen coleus to start with. I just bought a packet of "Rainbow Mix" seeds. It sounds like I may have chosen one of the easier plants to grow from seed by luck. I mostly am interested in try to save some bucks as opposed to paying greenhouse prices to start with until I see if I am going to have any luck propogating from cuttings. I am very new to this and have lots of questions. I have some seedlings up and just getting their first set of true leaves. I started them in the jiffy pots that you can get at Wal-mart. The kind that you add water to and they swell up. So far so good. I have been putting them outside on days when it is warm and sunny and keeping them under some 6500k compact flourescent bulbs on days when it is cloudy, cold, or raining. Some of my questions are.
1. When do I need to get them planted or into bigger
pots? 4 leaf stage? bigger?
2. Is a dilute mixture of miracle grow ok for nutrients at
this stage? Is there something better? Should I wait a
little longer to feed them much?
3. Are there any particularly common problems or pitfalls
that can arise when raising coleus from seed?
(diseases, common mistakes, etc.)
I have sooo many questions right now I really appreciate any help from the experienced coleus gardners out there.