Coleus are grown for their brilliant coloured foliage and are an ideal plant for growing in shaded parts of the house or garden.
Coleus can be sown in spring and where the winter is mild. They are susceptible to frost. Coleus requires regular red soil with sufficient manure.
Pot Culture: Coleus can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5-6 seeds in an 8” pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 4 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 4-6 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2-3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 2-3 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 30 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. During rains ensure there is no water logging. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
The seeds in this packet are of mixed colours. The flowering starts from 60-70 days. The plant attains a height of 40 cm.