Attractive foliage plant, vigorous, easy to grow.
"Black Dragon" is an especially striking coleus variety. The leaves are red with black edge and much frilled.
In autumn the plants produces small, light blue flowers.
This variety is especially nice as dot plant but can also be used in mixed baskets or containers.
Must be pre-cultivated and transplanted only outside after the last frost. Feed and water regularly when grown in containers. Avoid excessive supply of nitrogen.
Sow anytime for indoor pot plants.
Genus - Coleus
Species - Blumei
Variety - Black Dragon
Common name - Flame Nettle
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full sun, Partial shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - beds, patio containers
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - -- / Dark red with black edges
For use as indoor pot plants, sow indoors at any time of year. Pot seedlings on individually, to 15cm (6") pots and keep in a light, airy location.
For outdoor plants in summer, sow indoors from February to April 5mm deep in trays of compost.
Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20C (60-68F) is ideal. Keep moist.
Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days.
Transplant seedlings, 5cm (2") apart, to other trays when large enough to handle (always hold by a leaf, never by the stem).
Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 20cm (8") apart, when frosts are over.
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