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RE: Coleus

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: Coleus
  • From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>
  • Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 07:37:50 -0600 (MDT)

Coleus prefer shade but the type of shade they get will determine the
colours that develop.  In full shade, you will larger areas of green in
the leaves.  This is nice for some varieties where you get a
predominantly green leaf and red veins.  I prefer to grow my coleus
where it gets morning sun and then dappled shade (provided by deciduous
trees) for the rest of the day.  Indoors, I grow them right up against
the window.  About a foot away from the window, you get the same effect
as full shade.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> ----------
> From: 	Irisborer[SMTP:Irisborer@aol.com]
> Reply To: 	iris-l@rt66.com
> Sent: 	Thursday, May 21, 1998 5:03 AM
> To: 	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: 	OT:  Coleus
> In a message dated 98-05-20 22:32:50 EDT, you write:
> > Since I never have grown Coleus or Elephant Ears, any information on
> >their culture will be appreciated.
> >
> >
> Mark....  you're in luck!  Coleus are considered a very hip plant
> right now.
> There are many named varieties - of which INKY FINGERS is one that
> comes to
> mind..... deeply cut leaves of inky purple...  tiny chartreuse edge.
> Spectacular in a pot here.
> But I digress.  Coleus prefer shade where their leaf colors develop
> better.
> They need deep, moist loamy soil and should be pinched back in order
> to
> achieve that nice bushy look.  Most places recommend cutting off any
> flower
> spikes that form - and you may as well because they sure don't enhance
> the
> plant.
> One source of ONLY named variety coleus is COLOR FARM in Florida ....
> but many
> of the hipper catalogs are now carrying some.
> Kathyguest
> E. Aurora, NY - who says she never met a plant she didn't like, unless
> of
> course you mean petunias.

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