All Things Gardening forum: What are your best tips for growing coleus?

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jetthovell
Mar 8, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Hey, guys!
New here, don't judge me if I'm doing something wrong, please. A friend of mine send me an article about growing coleus!
I think there is some solid advice in it, can you tell me something further as advice? Thanks in advance!
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Mar 8, 2018 10:03 AM CST
Welcome to NGA jetthovell! We do have a coleus forum here that you may find interesting. You will also find some threads which include them under annuals.
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WillC
Mar 9, 2018 11:27 AM CST
What advice have you received in that article?
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purpleinopp
Mar 10, 2018 6:24 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

There are so many Coleus varieties, generalizations may not be helpful for your specific plant(s). Some like tons of sun, some really thrive in total shade. Most are upright, some are more relaxed. Some have huge leaves, some have very small ones. All like moist soil, and none can tolerate frost/freezing.

Is your goal to grow outside as an annual, or as a more permanent potted plant?
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Growmore
Mar 12, 2018 6:36 PM CST
Hi jetthovell.

Coleus, otherwise known in the UK as Flame Nettle. My experience. I have sown seed and grown thousands of these plants. The colours and variations provide such a vast array.
I have used them in foral outdoor displays and also as pot plants for hospital wards etc. They are classed as annuals, so misleading. You can be given a potted coleus and treated with TLC it can last for years.
Planted in the open. It will survive as an annual, it can tolerate cold, wet etc but frost will take it's toll. It is a member of the labitate genus. The stems are squared. The foliage is ike stinging nettles. but the colour range is fantastic.
All members of the labitate genus can easily be propogated by seed or cuttings. To maintane stocks, cuttings are a must. This dispels the image of them being annuals, in my book.

Growing and cultvation. Outdoors thet do well in good well drained soil. They do not require lots of feed etc. To maintane a good stock/display. Concentrate on the foliage. As soon as a flower spike starts to emerge, nip it out. Otherwise your plant will, flower, set seed and die.
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purpleinopp
Mar 14, 2018 7:47 AM CST
Hi & welcome, Growmore! It sounds like you have had some wonderful experiences with Coleus.

Because Coleus are not hardy in so many places where sold, they are sold as annuals so there is no confusion or unrealistic expectations. The same scheme is used for so many other tender perennials that are enjoyed seasonally in places where winters are too cold for their permanent survival. Whenever one realizes a favorite "annual" is really a perennial that just can't stay alive outside through a cold winter, there is the opportunity to keep it inside as a potted plant. Some are more amenable to this than others.

Fortunately setting seeds will not cause Coleus plants to die, although plants may be too busy with blooms to make more leaves while blooming. I have had the same Coleus plants for years (inside for winter, outside for summer) and they bloom and make seeds most of the time while they are outside, for most of the year. I leave the blooms on my plants while they are outside because bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds visit them for nectar. Coleus blooms inside are just kind of messy, dropping the spent petals.

The Coleus genus is in the Lamiaceae family.
Coleus (Coleus scutellarioides)
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