DESCRIPTION:  Show stopping colors with deep burgundy, contrasting pineapple yellow in this bold presentation; will tolerate full sun and high humidity; perfect for sunny gardens and patio planters. BOTANICAL NAME: Solenostemon...
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DESCRIPTION:  Show stopping colors with deep burgundy, contrasting pineapple yellow in this bold presentation; will tolerate full sun and high humidity; perfect for sunny gardens and patio planters.

BOTANICAL NAME: Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Pineapple Surprise'
OTHER NAMES: 
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun, partial shade, full shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Burgundy and Yellow
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: 

Ornamental Features

Premium Sun Pineapple Surprise Coleus' attractive serrated pointy leaves remain yellow in colour with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of lime green throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Premium Sun Pineapple Surprise Coleus is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Premium Sun Pineapple Surprise Coleus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Premium Sun Pineapple Surprise Coleus will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Premium Sun Pineapple Surprise Coleus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
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