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Shrubs, Flowers and Fruit

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Coleus (11 of 14)

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil
Plant in full sun to light shade
Remove flowers and pinch new shoots to encourage bushiness
Height: to 36 inches; Width: to 36 inches
Water when dry during growing season; fertilize bi-weekly during growing season
Annual in zones 2-10
Marginally hardy in zone 11:
Zones 2-10: Plant in spring after danger of frost has past; plant in full sun to light shade; plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry; fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks during growing season; remove in fall.
Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry; fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks during growing season; cut back ½ and mulch in fall; marginally hardy in this zone.

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