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Flame Nettle

English Name

Coleus Blumei

Scientific Name

Description

Coleus is one of the most popular foliage plants. They are easy to grow from seeds and from stem cuttings.

Indonesia

Origin

Labiatae

Family

50°F - 79°F

Temperature (°F)

64°F - 75°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

10 days - 20 days

Germination Period

6" - 2'1"

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 5"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-hardy Perennials

Life Cycle

Colors

Watering

Keep plant evenly moist.

Feeding

Every 14 days in Spring and Summer with nitrogen rich plant food.

Repotting

In Spring, when they have been cut back, using peat-based or soil-based compost.

Germination

Sow seeds on surface of compost, indoors, in warmth and in light.

Propagation

Propagate in Spring, from seeds or stem cuttings 2-3 inches long in water or in compost.

Cultivation

Coleus needs bright light to keep their leaf colour brilliant. Pinch out shoot tips regularly to encourage bushiness. Remove flower spikes to encourage more leaves. Cut back within 3 inches of the compost in Spring.

Tips

To test for watering, push a skewer, knitting needle or a pencil into the soil; if it comes out completely clean, the plant needs water.

Care

In hot and in dry rooms, red spider mites can cause discolouration. Wash off heavy infestations of red spider mites under the water faucet. The two most common causes of failure are watering with hard water and letting the compost dry out.

Humidity

Requires humidity when temperature increases. Stand pot on damp pebbles.

Soil

Soil-based compost.



Did you know?

Plants grow mainly by elongation of their cells. Plant cells generally only divide to produce new cells in specialized regions called meristems