Coleus

(Coleus blumei) Coleus is a frost-tender annual member of the mint family that can be perennial in truly tropical climates. The colorful leaves and bushy stature make this a perfect house plant. It is also excellent for containers and landscaping. Plants are tropical and cannot handle cool weather. Coleus tolerates shade and sun, however, making it very easy to grow. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Surface sow seeds and lightly cover with a thin layer of fine potting soil. A humidity dome will help to keep seeds moist and warm until they germinate. (A dome is not necessary, just helpful.) Direct sow after all danger of frost has passed and soil is quite warm, or start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost and transplant out. Ideal germination temperature is 70-78 F. Space plants 10-12 inches apart. Provide regular watering.

 

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