No-Brainer Container: Keep Calm and Coleus On

My Garden Life
May 6, 2019
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Time: 15-30 minutes

Placement: Part Shade

Ingredients & Tools

14-inch Diameter Pot with drainage hole

One 1 cubic foot Bag Potting Soil

1 Upright Coleus

2 Mounding/Upright Coleus

1 Mounding/Upright Coleus

1 Trailing Coleus

Water

Water-soluble Fertilizer

Gloves

Scissors

Trowel


1. Prepare

tools for planting a container garden

Water the plants for easier handling in the next steps. Gather your ingredients and tools. Work near the pot’s final display location, so you won’t have to move it far. Cut open the soil bag and fill your decorative pot 1/3 with the soil.

2. Arrange

how to arrange coleus in a containerRemove plants from their pots by gently squeezing the pot sides while grasping the plant near the stem’s base. Arrange them in the 14-inch pot according to the diagram. The top of the root balls should be one inch below the top of the pot.
key of coleus plant ingredients

3. Plant

planting coleus in a container

Use an empty pot or trowel to scoop potting soil into the space around the arranged plants. Fill until the soil is level and one inch below the top of the decorative pot. This allows space for watering. Gently press the soil to ensure the plant roots have good contact with the soil.

4. Water

watering coleus in a container

Gently water your new plants. Add water until it starts to trickle out of the drainage hole. This will settle the soil and refresh plants after transplanting.

5. Care

care tools for planters and containers

  • Water your container whenever the top inch of soil is dry to the touch; daily when the weather is hot and dry.
  • Feed weekly with water-soluble fertilizer (mixed according to the package’s instructions).
  • Trim your plants every one to two months to remove dead leaves, stems, flowers, and to keep the plants from outgrowing the container.

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