The Q&A Archives: Sun Coleus

Question: I ran across "sun coleus" in a garden center in Minnesota last summer. They used it as a container plant that flourished in patio pots. I would be interested in growing this. I noticed, however, that neither your catalog or database had any reference to these seeds.

Please tell me something about this plant and where I can purchase the seed.

Answer: There are many attractive varieties of coleus available. Some are started from seeds but the most eye-catching and specially named forms are started from cuttings in order to ensure that the same distinctive pattern is carried through onto the new plant. Burpee ( or 800-888-1447) offers seeds for the "Wizard Mix" (as well as plants) which includes many lovely but variable patterns and colors as would occur in any seed mix. For the more spectacular named plants started from cuttings for complete predictability you will need to visit your local garden centers this spring.

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