Coleus ‘Kong® Red’
Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ was my second of the Kong® series. I purchased this plant from Pleasant Acres Nursery in the spring of 2012. I always like big, exotic looking plants, so this one was right up my alley from the start.
Kong® is a registered trademark of the Ball Horticultural Company. Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ was bred by the Sakata Seed Corporation and patented under the name ‘Kakegawa CE12’ (US PVP200500015).
Pruning is not necessary as the Kong series have very short internodes. They will branch out on their own. They have an upright, mounding growth habit reaching 18-20 inches tall and 15-18 inches wide.
The rest of the photos of my Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ in Mississippi were taken with a friend’s camera. The settings weren’t set correctly and I didn’t realize it for a while.
I took several cuttings of my Coleus to overwinter for 2013, but I sold the mansion and moved back to the farm in mid-Missouri. I could not take my Coleus cuttings so I gave them to a good friend of mine. Along with hundreds of other pots I left behind.
Luckily in 2015, Wagler’s Greenhouse had a few Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ available so I bought one.
I transplanted it in the bed on the north side of the house where it gets some morning and late afternoon sun and shade the rest of the time.
The Kong series Coleus need to be in part to full shade. Intense sun can burn their leaves.
The Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ performed very well all summer long despite a few times being pretty hot and dry.
Even toward the end of the season, Coleus ‘Kong® Red’ was still strutting. I give this Coleus a five gold star rating for color, performance, heat tolerance, strong growth, low maintenance, etc. This is one AWESOME plant!
Hopefully, we will meet again and I can bring another one home. Regretfully, at this time, I don’t have a suitable location in the house to overwinter Coleus cuttings. You never know from year to year what will be available locally so if you are able, it is a good idea to learn how to overwinter cuttings.
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