Coleus ‘Defiance’

Coleus ‘Defiance’ on 5-21-15, #260-3.

Coleus ‘Defiance’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Solenostemon scutellarioides
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I bought my Coleus ‘Defiance’ in the spring of 2015. I had a similar Coleus when I was in Mississippi but there were a few differences.

Beautiful leaves of the Coleus ‘Defiance’ on 5-21-15, #260-4.

The similar Coleus I grew in Mississippi was very bright and this one is TOPS in that category, too. The contrasting red and yellow just makes the color POP out at you!

Coleus ‘Defiance’ on 6-14-15, #268-14.

I transplanted the Coleus ‘Defiance’ in a larger pot and put it on a plant table next to the shed with the other Coleus I bought in 2015. It received light shade in the moving and LOTS of afternoon sun and did very well.

Coleus ‘Defiance’ on 6-27-12, #270-12.

Coleus ‘Defiance’ grows to a height of 16-14” tall. It has a dense, upright, mounding growth habit. It is sun tolerant and makes a great specimen plant in pots or baskets. Great in mass plantings with other Coleus.

Coleus ‘Defiance Wizard’ on 7-12-15, #271-11.

Still AWESOME in the heat of July.

Coleus ‘Defiance’ on 10-3-15, #272-6.

After five months it is beginning to show signs of wear. As the day length decreases and the temps get cooler, it is normal for Coleus to start going downhill. This would be the right time to take cuttings to over winter. I have brought in whole plants many times, but they can have other issues. They can develop black leg which eventually will kill the plant. It is best to take cuttings and put them in potting soil to root or place in water. If you place them in water, they will root. Then in the spring, take another cutting and re-root in soil.

I hope this page has been helpful. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them.


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