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Coleus 'Vern's Vulcan' (height 16"-24"; upright)
Textured, deep rose-red leaves have a toothy bright green edge. This one will stop you in your tracks! Loves bright light. Sturdy and sun tolerant. A Vern Ogren introduction. Clarification: This is the original 'Vulcan' coleus, introduced by Vern Ogren decades ago and one of his most popular and enduring introductions. It is not the new patented coleus of the same name introduced by Ball in 2021.
Common Name: Coleus
Species name: Coleus scutellarioides
Temperature: Coleus come from a tropical climate and need warm temperatures to thrive. Do not plant outdoors until temperatures are reliably above 60 degrees at night. Optimal temperature range for coleus is 70°F to 100°F.
Hardiness: Tender perennial generally grown as an annual in the USA. Coleus will not survive a frost.
Exposure: Part sun or high shade for best color. Some coleus tolerate full sun. Harden off new arrivals before planting.
Water: Keep evenly moist. Avoid soggy soil with good drainage. Do not allow to get completely dry.
Fertilizer: Fertilize regularly at half-strength or use timed-release fertilizer.
Soil: Use high-quality potting soil or plant in garden soil rich in organic matter.
Blooms: Flower spikes in shades of purple and blue. Keep flower buds pinched since unchecked blooming will cause the plant to go into decline.
Spacing: 8"-15" in garden beds, pots and baskets can be planted more densely.
Ships as: Single or multi-branched starter plant averaging 3" to 9" tall. Plant immediately on arrival.
For more information please read our Coleus Care guide.