COLEUS

COLEUS

Coleuses are perennial, herbaceous plants cultivated as annuals in Italy and used for borders. They belong to the Labiate family and are native to Asia and Africa. Their ornamental effect is due to the special colour of their leaves that range from green, to yellow, to red, to mauve. These small plants grow taller than 30-40 cm. They like part shade to full sun, as long as the soil is well watered because they do not tolerate drought. They are easy to grow in soil that is rich in organic substances and which is watered regularly. If placed in the shade, their stems grow tall and tend to bend to the ground in windy weather. To limit their growth in height and obtain compact plants, one can top them. Feed them once a month with a ternary fertilizer, from April to September. Coleuses are hardy plants and protection against parasites can be limited to combating aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, and sometimes snails that are particularly voracious.

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