Coleus ‘Indian Summer’/’Balcinsu’

Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ on 7-2-12, #107-46.

Coleus ‘Indian Summer’/’Balcinsu’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Syn.
Solenostemon scutellarioides
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My Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ was given to me as a cutting in 2012 by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi. It did very well, BUT, I didn’t take many photos. Several of the ones I did take were from a friend’s camera and I didn’t know the color settings weren’t set. SO, those photos are NOT blog quality.

Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ has an upright growing habit, up to 28 inches, and can grow up to 16 inches wide. The size and shape can depend on several things… Light, water, pinching, etc., which is all up to you.

The serrated leaves are a very colorful blend of light-medium green, chartreuse, yellow, burgundy, brown… depends a lot on the light they spend their days in and possibly the temperature. The color seemed to change a bit as the days grew shorter and the nights became cooler.

Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ is a very easy to maintain plant. They flower late, if at all, giving their energy to growth rather than flowering. If you start with a cutting, as I did, you will need to pinch at some point so they will branch out and make a nice looking, fuller plant. If you don’t pinch, they will get taller but you may not have any branches.

Apparently, the original name is ‘Balcinsu’ (PP19,180) although it is sold in the US as ‘Indian Summer’.

I give Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ high ratings for color, type, strong growth, ease of maintenance, etc. It is a very good all-around Coleus.

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