Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Solenostemon - WikiVisually

Solenostemon - WikiVisually

Cóleos are perennial plants originating in Africa and tropical Asia. In the current classifications constitute a taxonomic genus, the genus Solenostemon . In the past, the genus Coleus was classified as a taxon, although some authors still consider it as a synonym for the genus Plectranthus .

Many of the cultivars of the Southeast Asian species Solenostemon scutellarioides have been selected for the colorful and marked contrasts of their variegated leaves, Which can be green, pink, yellow, brown and red. These plants vegetate well in moist and well drained soils, with a height varying between 0.5 and 1 meter, although some can reach 2 meters. They are grown mainly as ornamentals. They tolerate heat but prefer a shaded location in subtropical areas. In cooler climates regions are usually grown as annuals, as they are not resistant.

Small purple flowers appear at the apex of the stems.

Although most of these plants Are cultivated for use in gardening, are advisable to make experiments, thanks to its easy cultivation and fast growth. Among the many experiments that can be done with this plant are: to make grafts with it and to study its colorful cells.

Among the most popular species used in gardening is the solenostemon blumei .


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Temperature : Not less than 13 degrees.

Solenostemon scutellariodes

  • Water . They need more water in summer and in growing season, and less in winter. An obvious sign that you need water, in addition to observing the dryness of the earth, is that the leaves become limp.
  • Earth : very demanding. Acidic substrate is usually recommended. Peat with sand and full fertilizer. This fact generally does not affect the health of the plant, but it has important influence in its general development; For example: vigor, leaf size or color, height, stem thickness etc.
Humidity Although not with drafts. In very dry environments they may suffer the attack of the red spider (a mite). If the heating is very strong and very dry the environment, it can be sprayed with water on the plant; Be careful with the fungi that are installed in the sprays. Fertilizer : Requires full fertilizer, especially abundant during growing and flowering /summer). A plant with a tuft of leaves at the tip and bare of leaves in the middle and lower part of the trunk probably needs fertilization urgently.
  • Pruning : It gives small bluish flowers on a spike, which is not usually very attractive, so it is generally recommended to remove them from the base. When the plant exceeds a certain height (half a meter), it is easy for its weight to overcome the stem, especially if we have had it in a warm environment and with abundant irrigation. To avoid it, we can remove it, so that it branches and thickens. We can remove the leaves with bad aspect or diseased ones, so that they leave new leaves. Branches that protrude too much, we can prune them to get cuttings.

Cóleos, you can see the great variety of colors

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