Saturday, August 28, 2010
A Coleus Knocked On My Door
Solenostemon scutellarioides who?
Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Crimson Gold’
No joke, those crazy taxonomists renamed the common coleus a while back to Solenostemon scutellarioides.
I checked out the pronunciation on the Fine Gardening website and have decided to stick with “coleus”. I have trouble with words that end in “ioides” and sound like a fool trying to say them, or make that “more of a fool”.
Fortunately, those who are selling the plants are still calling them Coleus. This particular coleus, ‘Crimson Gold’* was sent to me by Ball Horticultural Company to grow in my garden someplace. It’s from their Versa Collection.
The someplace I chose was a container by the front door. This has not been a good location for many plants through the seasons. It is on the front porch, which, though south facing, gets very little light up by the door. Many a shade loving plant has done miserably in this location including impatiens, begonias, and even hostas.
This coleus did quite well. The six plants in this container have filled in nicely in spite of me never pinching them back and only offering a token amount of slow release fertilizer when I potted them up at the end of May, after they sat in their six pack on the porch for a few weeks.
I don’t like to molly-coddle plants.
I do think they would have been even fuller had I bothered to pinch them back at all. But I like this one well enough to pinch off a couple of cuttings to root and try to overwinter inside.
It’s time to do that now, so I’m adding it to my ever growing list of things to do in the garden. By the way, the fastest growing thing in my garden right now is that list of things to do before the snow flies. It is always that way this time of year. The list is growing longer while the days are growing shorter.
But it would all be better if it would just rain…
*Crimson Gold reminds of those households that include both an Indiana University graduate (Cream & Crimson) and a Purdue University graduate (Black & Gold). Get it? "Crimson Gold". Or as some of us might prefer "Gold Crimson".