Mounded upright plant habit that has colorful and attractive foliage of unique green/chartreuse foliage that looks like it has been spattered with deep burgundy. All of the Coleus Wizard Series are are compact, bushy and full of vibrant color. Use in beds, borders or containers. Wizard Coleus never needs pinching to reach that bushy symmetrical low growing form. Height : 12-14" with a 10-14" spread. Keep in full to partial shade as full sun will scorch the leaves. DIRECT SOW After all danger of frost is over. 50 Seeds Per Package.
Flower Garden - Tips on Growing Coleus From Seeds
Stage 1 Radicle (Embryonic Root)
- Moisten the media before sowing the seed. If the media is watered after sowing, make sure seeds are not washed away.
- Light is beneficial during germination, or cover very lightly with vermiculite.
- Germination takes approximately 4-5 days. Keep media evenly moist but not saturated.
- Maintain 95% relative humidity until radicles emerge. Coleus is very sensitive to high salts, especially high ammonium during germination. Keep ammonium levels less than 10ppm.
- Germination: 72 -75ºF (22 to 24ºC)
Stage 2 Hypocotyl (Stem and cotyledon emergence)
- At stage 2 reduce soil moisture slightly to allow the roots to penetrate into the media. At stage 3 allow media to dry further until the surface becomes light brown before watering but avoid excessive wilting to promote root growth and control shoot growth.
- Stage 2: Days=72-75ºF (21 to 24ºC) Nights=60-65ºF (16 to 18ºC)
Stage 3 Cotyledon (Growth and development of true leaves).
- Coleus are low to moderate feeders, excessive feed can lead to dull coloration and decreased vigor. Apply fertilizer at rate 2 (100 to 175ppm ,predominately nitrate form with low phosphorus and high potassium.
- Stage 3: Days=60-62ºF (16 to 17ºC) Nights=55-60ºF (13 to 15ºC)
Stage 4 Getting ready for transplant/growing on period.
- Stage 4-Growing on stage-= Days=65-75ºF , (18o 24ºC) Nights=57-65ºF ºF (14to 18ºC)
GARDEN HINTS: Coleus are sensitive to cold temperatures and cold water. Plants can grow in full sun, however their colors become more brilliant in shade or partial shade.