Coleus – Tropical Garden R

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Featured Plant in Garden R - Coleus

1) General Information:

Location on property: Garden A  Garden R and Garden W,  Jungle Cottage

Coleus Flowers
Coleus Flowers

a) Scientific name: Solenostemon spp.

b) Region of Origin: Tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies, the Malay Archipelago, and the Philippines

c) Type: Beautiful & Useful

d) General History: Coleus found their way into Europe and later, America, by way of traders and botanists. Today Coleus is once again a desirable and fashionable garden plant. New, cutting-propagated Coleus varieties have been developed that bring this lovely Coleus out from the shadows and into the sun! Many of the new cultivars are slow to bloom, freeing up their caretakers from the tedium of pinching blossoms.

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: /

b) As Medicine: /

c) Other Uses: Coleus are typically grown as ornamental plants. However, coleus leaves can also be used as natural toilet paper! The leaves are soft, colorful and beautiful.

3) Growing Instructions


a) Growing: Propagation seeds, stem cuttings, blooms should be pinched off. Light shade or partial shade.

Coleus Hawaii
Coleus Hawaii

b) Best time to Harvest: /

c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight

d) Soil Requirements:  New Coleus plants should be planted in a good quality soil mix as soon as possible.

e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating

  • With your hands, snap off branches at least 12 inches long above a set of full leaves
  • Find the area you want to transplant to and stick in the ground 2-3 inches
  • Water thoroughly

f) Controlling Spread: It doesn't hurt Coleus to be pinched and pruned. In fact, it is often necessary to prune Coleus in mid-summer to help the plant keep its shape and freshen its appearance. A plant that is allowed to overgrow may cause its pot to topple or branches may snap under their own weight.

g) Difficulties with this plant: n/a

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: n/a


Garden R Pre-Volcano Instructions


  • From the Cane Truck Bed in front of the fallen tree to the Cozy Nook and the slope in between that goes up the hill.

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden

This MIXED Garden has the following plants:

  • Anthurium
  • Croton
  • Walking Iris
  • Coleus

This MIXED Garden has the following trees:

  • Avocado Tree
  • Molokhia
  • Star Fruit Tree
  • Strawberry Guava
  • Lemon
  • Brazilian plum
  • Longan

Maintenance Activities For This Garden:

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass,¬†Koster's Curse, Stink Maile, Fire Ants,¬†choking, creeping and climbing weeds
    • Spray Soapy Water mix before working in this area
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a¬†Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Use a Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove climbers from plants carefully.
    • Remove all creeping weeds from around the whole garden beds and walkways.
Clearing Around Ancient Cane Truck
Clearing Around Ancient Cane Truck
  • Identification and Labeling
    • Tag and label transplanted trees with bright-colored tree ribbons.
    • Label the tree with the date it was transplanted
    • Update plant pages if any are added or removed from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance
    • Keeping the rock borders free of weeds and mosses, weed whack the area of large grasses around the truck to keep walkways clear
    • Identify plants
    • Remove Molokhia in Cane Truck Bed
    • Identify other plants in the truck bed!
    • Caution. Garden R is a rusty vehicle so always be sure to take care that you don't cut yourself while weeding and maintaining it.
  • Harvesting
    • Harvest Starfruit, Avocado, & Strawberry Guava¬†daily when in season


Post-Volcano Online Community

With our model of community living, we attracted wonderful people from around the world.
Over a 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed websites, books, and eCourses.

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