Ways to grow Coleus at homeMoreover, there are two main ways of plant reproduction:
- by grafting;
- through seeds.
Since the stems of the plants do not branch themselves too eagerly, and a dense compact crown can be obtained only when there are many shoots, when grown at home, the coleus are necessarily cut and pinned.
Cut from adult plants apical cuttings with several leaves and used for reproduction. Young shoots, cut in spring, can be rooted in water or, prikopal with a light wet mixture of sand and sphagnum. Roots, as a rule, appear within a week, after which the seedlings are ready for planting in separate pots.
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If a grower has several young coleuses of different colors, you can create a decorative composition from them by placing the seedlings at a distance of 10–15 cm in one large container. As the plants grow, they pinch, forcing them to bush and take a beautiful rounded shape.
Such a cultivation of coleus will allow you to decorate a house with a multicolored hat of lush foliage, a garden, a veranda or a flower garden.
Growing Coleus from
Seeds Obtaining extremely attractive coleus plants from seeds is a snap. Collected independently or acquired seeds give a large percentage of seedlings, and young seedlings grow well.
Still, when growing coleus from seeds at home, several factors need to be taken into account.
Plants are light-loving enough and develop in stably warm air. Therefore, in order to obtain strong healthy seedlings, sowing is carried out in early spring, when light day begins to increase. In this case, the seedlings are guaranteed not to be weak and elongated due to lack of sun, and their development occurs much faster than in autumn or winter.
Spring sowing not only saves the time of the grower, but also his labor costs. Spring heat is enough to not arrange seedlings greenhouse conditions and lighting.
To grow Coleus from seeds, shallow containers with pre-made drainage holes will be required. For sowing, they take a light, very loose substrate with a high nutrient content. An example of such a soil can be a mixture of humus, sand, peat and crushed peat moss. Backfilling is carried out, almost without compacting the soil so that from the ground to the edge of the container there is about 1.5–2 cm.
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very small, so they are not buried in the ground, but only evenly distributed over its surface.