Accent plants. Upright habit. Foliage shapes range from smooth to scalloped, ruffled to small lacy or saber edge. Will tolerate sun but not all day in hot climates. Performs well in landscapes and large containers.
Mid sized foliage plant with upright habit great for mixed containers or landscape features. A marvelous variety bearing beautiful ruby/chartreuse leaves.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Coleus prefer fertile, well-drained soil. Read the plant label to determine if the type of coleus purchased grow best in sun, shade or partial shade and chose the planting location accordingly.
Coleus seeds can be started indoors six weeks before the last predicted frost date by placing the seeds in a container of potting soil, or the seeds can be sown directly into outdoor flower beds or containers in spring when all danger of frost has past. Coleus plants can be planted directly into the soil of a flower bed when the soil has warmed up in the spring and frost danger is past.
Most gardener’s don’t want coleus to bloom, unless it’s for seed production. The bloom is rather insignificant and causes the plant to look leggy. To prevent the leggy bloom and force new side growth, pinch the flower spikes off as soon as they appear. Pinch off any unwanted new growth as needed to keep the coleus plants looking tidy.
If seeds from the coleus are desired for re-planting the following year, allow the coleus to bloom and dry on the plant, then harvest the seeds and store until next season. Hummingbirds are attracted to coleus’ blooms, so a few permitted blooms late in the season will garner seeds and hummingbird sightings.