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Coleus, Watermelon

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Part shade favorite with high contrast color.

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Bright, luscious color splashes across every leaf of our exclusive new coleus, adding high contrast color to the partially shaded spots in the garden. Watermelon pink fills the leaf center as veins of magenta reach out into a lime green edge. A luminous display equally at home in beds or containers.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

20 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Coleus may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow sees shallowly lightly covered with fine seed starting soil.
  • Keep the soil moist at 65-85 degrees. Coleus can benefit with bottom heat.
  • Seedlings emerge in 12-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full to part shade with good rich well-drained organic soil protected from wind.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Pinch flower stalks off before they bloom as they can detract from the foliage display.
  • Pinch stem tips just above a leaf pair to keep plants maintain their compact, bushy habit.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Coleus also makes a fine house plant. Bring smaller plants indoors before the last frost.
  • Coleus plants are extremely easy to grow from cuttings. Choose a vigorous-looking stem tip, and cut off a 3-4 inch piece just below a leaf joint. Pull off the bottom set of leaves and place the cuttings in a glass of water, with its leaves resting on the edge of the glass and the stem in the water. Roots should appear in a week or two. Allow several roots to grow before transplanting. Check water daily to make sure stem is underwater, and replace it with fresh water every couple of days.
  • Coleus is great for window boxes, pots, hanging baskets, and patio containers in partially shaded areas. Established plants are ideal for children to grow.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
24 inches
Spread
20 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
6
Coleus, Watermelon is rated 4.0909 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Keeper! I had great success with this coleus. While it's not as showy as the larger leaf, it grew taller and was a nice contrast to the large leaf "Scarlet Green " . Mine were not as bright as the burpee picture, but still very beautiful and easy to grow. Next spring I'll plant these in mass by themselves. Maybe a slightly sunnier spot will promote brighter color, since mine are now in mostly shade.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watermelon Coleus - A definite do-over! This is the second year I have planted the Watermelon Coleus and I am one happy gardener!! The vivid pink centers with the mouth-watering lime green borders make this plant a guaranteed eye-catcher in any garden. They handle part shade quite well. You can see them in my garden planted alongside my perennial Japanese Anemones just under the backdrop of my Paper-bark Birch tree. The Watermelon Coleus is a definite do-over!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from plant gorgeous hard to kill, my type of plant
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I have bought several of these plants to pot for the past two years and had amazing luck. The foliage is lush and fills wonderfully. I hope to bring in this year's plants to try to winter them inside. I will continue to buy this plant as long as Burpee carries it!
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed.... Will probably go back to the large leaf coleus, they were great! This one--great germination rate but the color was very lacking for me. I got none of the color in the picture posted on the Burpee site. Mine had a lot of yellowish and never developed the beautiful pink centers, and this is out of 20 plants! Mine were mostly sun with some shade, close to a north side of the house, exactly where my large leafed coleus grew last year and their color was fantastic. For over $5 a pack and only 25 seeds I was wishing I had just bought a tray of small plants at the nursery where I would get what I see. The first time I have been so disappointed by my Burpee seed.....
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Coleus! I started this coleus indoors from seed in February. June in my garden this coleus is gorgeous. I will definitely plant more of these next year.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coleus, Watermelon Great germination!
Date published: 2012-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coleus Watermelon We had an unusually cold & wet spring this year, so I didn't start my seeds until a little later than usual. They are coming up nicely and I look forward to getting them out into my yard.
Date published: 2012-05-09
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