Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ on 8-7-09, #23-18.

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Syn.
Solenostemon scutellarioides
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Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ was my first of the series. I purchased my plant from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2009 while living at the mansion in Leland.

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ on 9-17-09, #35-13.

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ grows to a height of around 18-20 inches and a width of around 15-18”. They require part to full shade and to much sun can burn their leaves.

 

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ on 9-28-09, #38-4.

Believe me, Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ is a strong and sturdy grower and you can take cuttings and spread them around…

 

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ on 12-18-09, #45-9.

When cooler temps started coming, I dug up a couple of the Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ plants and put them in pots to overwinter in the sunroom. On warmer days I would put my plants on the front porch. It was 40′ long so it held a lot of plants. This plant was 16″ tall when this photo was taken on 12-18-09.

 

Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ on 9-15-10, #59-21.

I made a new bed close to the entry of the den in the backyard in 2010. It received an ample amount of morning sun and was shaded by the Ligustrum and Magnolia tree (and the mansion) in the afternoon.

 

Coleus ‘Kong Scarlet’ on 8-1-11, #68-22.

I managed to overwinter my Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ with cuttings and plants over two winters but they didn’t make it over the 2011-2012 winter. I learned a lot about overwintering Coleus and found out that taking cuttings is the best way to go. If you are lucky you can save plants, but larger plants brought inside can develop black leg which will eventually kill them.

Kong® is a registered trademark of the Ball Horticultural Company. Coleus ˜Kong® Scarlet’ was patented under the name ‘Kakegawa CE13’ US PVP200500016.

Overall, I give the Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ a five gold star rating for performance. heat tolerance, strong and sturdy growth, maintenance, color, etc. Everything you would want from a Coleus!

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