Kong Coleus

May 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM Leave a comment

Kong Coleus

Coleus Kong

With leaves that will grow big enough to cover your face, the Kong series of coleus will certainly add drama to any sad shady spot desperately in need of a little color.

Unlike many recent coleus introductions that have been bred to withstand more sun, Kong plants like full to part shade. The leaves tend to burn in full sun. Heavy summer rains can damage the foliage, too, so try to keep the plants in a sheltered spot.

Known botanically as Solenostemon scutellarioides, coleus plants are grown for their foliage, not their rather insignificant flowers. Kong plants will grow 18 to 20 inches tall.

They like well-drained soil – add organic matter if you have heavy clay.

Colors in the Kong series include red, scarlet, rose, mosaic and salmon pink. When used in combination planters, Pan-American says Kong grow best near the outside of the container.

The first fall frost will kill them, but it’s easy to propagate coleus by taking cuttings and growing a new plant indoors over the winter.

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