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About This Plant...
Genus and species: Coleus blumei
Plant type: warm-season annual
Height: 4-24 inches
Location and soil: full shade; average soil
Uses: bedding, border, edging, containers
Bloom time: grown for its colorful leaves
Color range: burgundy, copper, green, rose
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 10-12 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Sowing Depth: surface sow
Needs light or dark to germinate: light
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Growing On...
Growing tips: many varieties of leaf color and shape to choose from; pinch back occasionally to encourage bushiness; pinch out flower spikes to promote growth and improve appearance

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