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ColorBlaze Strawberry Drop

ColorBlaze Strawberry Drop

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Solenostemon

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General Information

Growing Tips:

Many people feel that coleus look best before they flower. To keep foliage in top shape, pinch off the blooms as they appear if you wish.

Rules of Thumb for Overwintering Plants Indoors:

1. Choose only healthy plants

2. Bring Plants indoors before frost damages foliage

3. Treat for disease and insects before bringing plants indoors

4. Place in bright areas and add humidity using pebble trays or spray bottles

5. Be careful not to over water

6 When active growth starts in spring fertilize and prune as needed

7. Introduce your plants slowly to outdoor conditions in spring

Exposure:
Sun or Shade
Height:
14-20"
Spacing:
12-18"
Hardy Temp:
35°F (2°C)
Hardiness Zones:
10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Uses:

Trailing habit is great in beds, containers and combinations

Features:

Colorful green leaves have red venation with a bright red and yellow center

Patent:
Solenostemon COLORBLAZE® Strawberry Drop 'Kakegawa CE5' PP15827 PP

Cultural/Growing Information

pH:
6 - 6.5
EC (2:1 Extraction Method):
0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization Recommendations:
150-200 ppm
Rooting Out:
65-72°F or 18-22°C
Growing On:
65-72°F or 18-22°C
Holding Temperature:
50-60°F or 10-16°C
Light Levels:
Medium, High
Water Requirements:
MODERATE TO MOIST
Planting & Timing Information:

Spring through Summer Finish. Standard PPP.

Finish Time 4-5":
5-6
Finish Time 6"/Gallon:
6-8
Finish Time 8":
8-10
Finish Time 10-12":
10-12
Pinching/Growth Regulators:

One to two pinches can be used to increase branching and for shaping. For small pot sizes this may not be necessary, larger pots will probably require pinching. Florel can increase branching and reduce flowering. Cycocel/B-Nine tank mix or Sumagic spray at 3-5 ppm will help control growth if needed. Growing on the dry-side . will help control growth resulting in fewer applications of PGR.s.

Pest and Disease Management:

Diseases are uncommon if good growing practices are used. Good sanitation practices include keeping greenhouses clean at all times, eliminating weeds and debris, disinfecting equipment in greenhouses as often as possible and keeping hose ends off of the greenhouse floor. Good water management practices are critical for good, healthy plant growth.

Grower Tips:

-Establish in a warm environment, plants subject to chilling may be stunted. -Proper water management is needed. Do not allow severe dry-down or overly wet soils. However, growing on the dry side will help control growth resulting in lower PGR use.

Winter Flowering:
No
Spring Outdoor Finish:
Do not move outside

Awards Won

    2018 - Top Colorful Coleus for Full Sun
  • Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2018 - Perfect Score All Season
  • Michigan State University
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Texas Tech University
    2018 - Leader of the Pack - All Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 - Above Average - Warm Season
  • Disney
    2018 - Leader of the Pack - Early Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 - Bronze Medal
  • Champaign County Illiniois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2018 - Leader of the Pack - Late Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 - Top Performer
  • South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Oregon State University
    2018 - Perfect Score All Season
  • Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2018 - Perfect Score All Season
  • Raker Trial
    2018 - Top Performer - Consumer Choice
  • Ohio State University - Columbus
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Raker Trial
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Longwood Gardens
    2018 - Perfect Score All Season
  • Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2018 - Top Performer
  • University of Georgia
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Penn State
    2018 - Top Performer
  • Texas A&M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
    2018 - Top Performer
  • University of Delaware
    2004 - Annuals of Note
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 - Annuals of Note
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 - Annuals of Note
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 - Annuals of Note
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden