Supporting Patio Containers of Coleus
Coleus is a great foliage crop with vibrant leaf colors and varying leaf morphologies. Large patio containers of coleus can provide a dramatic impact for consumers; however, they can be challenging to produce because large coleus plants often split. Growers can use green or white netting or tomato cages to support large coleus plants and keep them from splitting during production, shipping, and handling. Netting should be applied early in the crop cycle so that the plant has time to grow through and cover. Other than coleus, Iíve also seen netting, tomato cages, pot rings and chicken or rabbit fencing to support fall garden mums, poinsettias, dinnerplate dahlias, and upright topiaries of begonia, fuchsia, geranium, lantana, and petunia crops. Overall, if you grow large containers of coleus and challenged by splitting plants, consider providing a little support.
W. Garrett OwenAssistant Professor and Greenhouse Extension Specialist , University of Kentucky
W. Garrett Owen is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of floriculture, greenhouse and controlled-environment crop production in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky. He has an appointment in research, teaching and Extension. His area of expertise is controlled environment specialty crop production; plant nutrition; plant growth regulation; and production problem diagnostics.