Facts about Coleus Flower (Plant), "Scietific name for Coleus Plant is Solenostemon scutellorioides". The Coleus Flower (Plant) also known as the painted nettle or the poor man’s croton is a flowering plant which comes from the genus Lamiaceae. However, the Coleus Flower (Plant) is no longer recognized and instead some of its species have been place in the genera Solenostemon and Plectranthus. The name 'coleus’ refers to a common name for the species of the Coleus Flower (Plant) varieties. The dwarf plant species usually grow up to a height of about six to twelve inches (15.2 to 30.4 cm) with the taller species reaching up to thirty six inches (91.4 cm) tall.
The Coleus Flowers which have a spike- shape usually appear in summer. Many species of the Coleus Plant can tolerate full sun. However, the Coleus Plant requires to be grown in partial shade in order to enhance its foliage growth. It can do well in moist to well-drained soils.
If you intend to grow the Coleus Flower (Plant) in containers, it is important to make sure that the container has commercial potting soil, light, has fast drainage ability. The container needs to be placed in direct light or where it receives adequate amount of sun in order to promote vigorous growth and sprouting of blossoms. The Coleus Flower (Plant) can adapt to several range of temperature, although it can do best in temperature ranges of between seventy to eighty five degrees (29.4 cel).
The soil to be used for establishing the plant requires to be evenly moist to well-drained avoiding soggy soils and rich in organic materials or liquid-house plant fertilizer.
The Coleus plants flower buds require to be pinched off immediately they develop to prevent the plants from developing seeds. This is because the plant experiences a shorter lifespan after the development of its seeds and sometimes usually dies out immediately. However, the Coleus Flower (Plant) is highly durable. In addition, it requires to be pinched in order to promote vigorous lateral spread growth and to avoid leggy growth.
The Coleus Flower (Plant) species are best grown for ornamental purposes.