The Q&A Archives: Coleus

Question: My daughter is doing a science fair experiment and needs to know some information about the sun coleus for a report. Please send any information on this plant or maybe tell me where I might find this information.

Answer: Coleus is an attractive foliage plant, great for containers and underplanting. Although coleus will usually survive in sun, the color of the leaves is enhanced in the shade. Small, insignificant flowers will appear late summer. Pinch off blooms and growing shoots of young plants to encourage bushier foliage. It prefers moist but well drained soil. Common pests to watch for include mealy bug, aphids and whitefly. For a history of the plant, visit this website:

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