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Coleus Rainbow Mixture

Original price was: £3.49.Current price is: £2.49.

A stunning foliage display plant, producing a broad range of vibrant colours reaching 12-15 inches in height and spread if left unchecked.

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Coleus Rainbow Mixture

Coleus Rainbow Mixture. A stunning foliage display plant, producing a broad range of vibrant colours reaching 12-15 inches in height and spread if left unchecked.  The variety needs pinching out to encourage a bushy habit.  Best suited to a shady position in the border or containers, and equally at home ideal as a potted plant indoors.  Grows best in part to full shade in moist well drained soil with organic matter added.  Easy to germinate and grow on.

 Cultivation Advice For Coleus Rainbow Mixture

  • In temperate climates, start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date. Alternatively, sow seeds directly into the garden after the last frost has passed.
  • Choose well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Coleus plants thrive in partial shade to full shade. Ensure they receive some direct morning sunlight but are shielded from intense afternoon sun.
  • Sow seeds on the surface of the soil and lightly press them down; they need light to germinate. Keep the soil consistently moist until seeds germinate.
  • Maintain a warm environment (around 70-75°F or 21-24°C) for optimal germination. Once seedlings emerge, provide good air circulation to prevent damping-off.
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors after the last frost date, spacing them around 12-18 inches apart. Ensure the soil is well-prepared and has warmed sufficiently.
  • Water seedlings regularly to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Once established, Coleus is moderately drought-tolerant.
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer monthly or as needed to support healthy growth.
  • Pinch back young plants when they reach around 4-6 inches tall to encourage bushier growth and more vibrant foliage.
  • Remove flower spikes to redirect energy into foliage growth for more robust plants.
  • Monitor for pests like aphids or spider mites. Employ organic pest control methods if necessary. Coleus is generally resistant to diseases.
  • Allow some flowers to mature and develop seeds if you wish to collect them for future planting. Store collected seeds in a cool, dry place for later use.
  • Regularly observe plant health, adjust watering or care practices as needed, and enjoy the vibrant and colorful foliage these plants provide.
  • Coleus thrives in temperatures between 70-100°F (21-38°C). Ensure adequate warmth during growth, protecting them from cold drafts or sudden temperature drops.
  • Maintain consistent soil moisture levels but avoid overwatering, which can cause root rot. Coleus prefers moderate humidity, so consider misting the leaves during dry periods.
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plants to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature. Mulch also helps in suppressing weeds.
  • Periodically rejuvenate overgrown Coleus plants by cutting them back severely. This encourages fresh, bushy growth and prevents legginess.
  • To ensure a diverse display of colors, sow or plant various seeds or seedlings with different leaf patterns and color combinations.
  • Coleus grows exceptionally well in containers, making them ideal for patios or indoor settings. Use well-draining potting mix and ensure the containers have drainage holes
  • For container-grown Coleus, fertilize every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a diluted liquid fertilizer to supplement nutrients.
  • In cooler climates, bring potted Coleus indoors before the first frost. Place them near a sunny window and provide adequate light for continued growth during winter.
  • Pair Coleus with other shade-loving plants or flowers to create visually appealing and vibrant displays in mixed borders or containers.
  • Removing spent flowers encourages the plant to focus on foliage growth, prolonging the colorful display.
  • Continuously monitor for signs of nutrient deficiencies, yellowing leaves, or any pest and disease issues. Promptly address any concerns to maintain plant health.
  • Coleus can be easily propagated from stem cuttings in water or soil. Consider propagating favorite varieties for an expanded collection or to share with friends.
  • Experiment with training Coleus plants into different shapes or forms by selectively pinching or pruning. This can create intriguing patterns and designs in the foliage.
  • Trim leggy stems or overcrowded growth to maintain an attractive and compact appearance, especially after the growing season.
  • While Coleus is adaptable to various soil pH levels, maintaining a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0 to 7.0) is generally suitable for optimal growth.
  • Protect Coleus plants from strong winds, especially if they’re grown in containers, as their delicate leaves might be damaged.
  • For indoor plants, ensure good air circulation and avoid placing them near cold drafts or heating vents to prevent stress or leaf damage.
  • Aim for consistency in watering, feeding, and overall care to provide a stable environment that encourages healthy growth and vibrant foliage.
  • Organic mulch not only conserves moisture but also gradually breaks down, contributing nutrients to the soil over time.
  • Store collected seeds in a cool, dry place in labeled envelopes or containers to maintain their viability for future sowing seasons.


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