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Coleus Genus

Painted nettle

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Coleus genus (Painted nettle). These are perennials, annuals and evergreen sub-shrubs. They are grown for their colourful leaves and flowers.

Characteristics

Annuals, Sub-shrubs

Other common names

Flame nettle

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful leaves and flowers. Make excellent pot plants.

Cultivation

They are hardy or some species are frost tender, min 4-10C. Grow them in sun or partial shade with fertile well drained soil. You should choose a sheltered position. Water them freely in the summer and much less at other times. Pinch out growing shoots of young plants to encourage a bushy habit.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds sown under glass in late winter or by softwood cuttings in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug and whitefly may cause problems.

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