coleus / coleus
Belongs to the family of Labia. Fatherland - oh. Java
General description : Coleus, according to the structure of the stems and leaves, suggests nettle, only Croton in color, therefore in the nation it is allowed to meet it under the names "nettle" and "Croton for the poor."
In addition to cheapness, it is still much more unpretentious than Croton. Coleus stems should be regularly pinned so that they do not bare the bottom. He hastily loses decorativeness, so usually fresh cuttings are rooted every year, only the old plant is thrown away. Flowers are small, gathered in a raceme.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Coleus:
Illumination : Light-loving, shading is needed only in the summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter. Water with warm soft water.
Humidity : Loves high humidity, needs frequent spraying.
The humidity of the air seems to be maintained by placing the pots on a tray with pebbles or expanded clay, which is continuously moistened.
Temperature condition : Optimally 20-25 ° C in the summer, 12-15 ° C in the winter during a period of inactivity.
Soil : Recommended soil mix: Coleus is not at all demanding of the soil, any nutritious mix will do.
During the period of growth it needs regular fertilizing once a week with complex mineral fertilizers for decorative leafy plants.
Cultivation : Coleus cuttings root very easily in spring and summer. Also seeds.
Transplant : In the spring, every year. In the summer, the first one is in a larger pot, the roots of Coleus grow very quickly.
Pests : Most often affected by aphids (form sticky discharge on the tips of the shoots).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Coleus Blume Hybrids - coleus blumei