koleus / coleus
Refers to the family of labiate. Fatherland - about. Java
General description : The coleus on the structure of the stems and leaves is very suggestive of nettles, only in the color of croton, therefore in the nation it is allowed to meet under the names "nettle" and "croton for the poor".
In addition to cheapness, it is still much more unpretentious than a croton. The stems of the koleus should be regularly plucked, so that they are not bared from the bottom. He hastily loses decorativeness, therefore, every year fresh cuttings are rooted, only the old plant is thrown away. Flowers are small, collected in a racemose inflorescence.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Coleus:
Illumination : Photophilous, shading is needed only in the summer noon.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter. To water with warm soft water.
Humidity : Adores high humidity, frequent spraying is needed.
The humidity of the air is similarly supported by placing pots on a pallet with pebbles or claydite, which is continuously moistened.
Temperature regime : Optimum 20-25 ° C in summer, 12-15 ° C in winter during inactivity.
Soil : Recommended soil mixture: the koleus is not exacting to the soil, any nutritious mishmash is suitable.
During the growth period, it needs regular fertilizing once a week with complex mineral fertilizers for ornamental-deciduous plants.
Breeding : Cuttings cuttings are very easy to take root in spring and summer. Also seeds.
Transplantation : In the spring, annually. In summer, the perlalk in a larger pot, the roots of the wheel grow very quickly.
Pests : Most often affected by aphids (form a sticky discharge on the tips of shoots).
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
hybrids columbus bloom - coleus blumei