Coleus Crazy

Good to Know: Coleus as Houseplants
Place in bright, indirect light.

Keep consistently moist, but not soggy.

Pinch back blooms to prevent the plant from going to seed.

Cut back hard if the plant becomes too leggy.

Feed monthly during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

On a recent walk through my garden, I counted 14 varieties of coleus planted in various containers and flower beds. I guess you could say I've gone a little coleus crazy, but it's hard not to. These plants are deer resistant, heat tolerant, suitable for a variety of light conditions and the colors and patterns are just amazing.

Plants don't get much more carefree than coleus. You can pretty much plant them and forget them. With the right light conditions for the variety, consistent moisture and average, but well drained soil these plants will reward you with vibrant foliage until the first frost.

When it comes to feeding just apply a slow release fertilizer at the time of planting, following the manufacturer's instructions. It is also recommended that you pinch back the blooms. This will direct the plant's energy toward producing leaves and maintain a fuller shape.

Below are a few of my favorites.

Fishnet Stockings
Partial Shade or Full Shade
24 - 36 Inches
Good Color and Form All Summer

Kingswood Torch
Sun or Shade
16 - 18 Inches
Very Vigorous

Pink Chaos
Sun or Shade
6 - 12 Inches
Great for Containers

Religious Radish
Sun or Shade
24 - 36 Inches
Vigorous and Bushy

Partial Sun or Shade
12 - 18 Inches
Mixes Well with Blue

The Flume
Sun or Partial Shade
16 - 24 Inches

Texas Parking Lot
Sun or Shade
12 - 18 Inches
Very Vigorous


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