Sunday, November 11, 2012

Care guide: Coleus

Coleus Plant
Pinch your plant. Coleus plants can get leggy. Pinch growing tips often to encourage them to branch out and stay bushy and full. Also pinch off its small, insignificant flower spikes as soon as you notice them because they will detract from the beautiful foliage.

Keep it moist. Coleus leaves will wilt and may fall off if the soil is too dry. You'll have a much healthier-looking plant if you keep the soil moist at all times. Use a pot with drainage holes and water thoroughly.

Origin: Southeast Asia

Height: Up to 2 ft (60 cm)

Light: Bright light. Some direct sun is ok, except intense summer sun which will scorch the leaves. Too little light dulls leaf colors and may cause leaves to drop.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist. Leaves will wilt if thirsty.

Humidity: Moderate humidity. Set pot on a tray of wet pebbles.

Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F, 16-24°C

Soil: Any good potting mix

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring and summer with a
balanced  liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Sow coleus seeds in spring. Take 3 in (7 cm) coleus stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Stem tip cuttings root easily in water or moist soil.

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