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Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose) (Coleus 'Kong Rose')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose)

Other names

Coleus 'Kong Rose', Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kong Rose', Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Kong Rose'

Genus

Solenostemon Solenostemon

Variety or Cultivar

'Kong Rose' _ 'Kong Rose' is a tender, bushy, upright, woody-based, evergreen perennial, typically grown as an annual, with semi-succulent stems bearing ovate, pointed, toothed, velvety, bright green leaves with maroon and reddish-pink central markings. Terminal, whorled racemes of insignificant, tubular, two-lipped flowers bloom at any time of year.


Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose) is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Bushy, Compact

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Reddish pink, Variegated, Bright-green, Maroon in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs , Scale insects Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs , Scale insects

General care

Pruning

Pinch out young shoots regularly to maintain foliage colour and a compact shape. Remove emerging flower spikes to maintain bushy habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose) (Coleus 'Kong Rose') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in bright, filtered light. Water freely & feed every two weeks when in growth. Keep just moist in winter. Outdoors in frost-free areas, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in shelter in sun or part shade

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose)

Other names

Coleus 'Kong Rose', Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kong Rose', Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Kong Rose'

Genus

Solenostemon Solenostemon

Variety or Cultivar

'Kong Rose' _ 'Kong Rose' is a tender, bushy, upright, woody-based, evergreen perennial, typically grown as an annual, with semi-succulent stems bearing ovate, pointed, toothed, velvety, bright green leaves with maroon and reddish-pink central markings. Terminal, whorled racemes of insignificant, tubular, two-lipped flowers bloom at any time of year.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Bushy, Compact


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Reddish pink, Variegated, Bright-green, Maroon in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs , Scale insects

General care

Pruning

Pinch out young shoots regularly to maintain foliage colour and a compact shape. Remove emerging flower spikes to maintain bushy habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose) (Coleus 'Kong Rose') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in bright, filtered light. Water freely & feed every two weeks when in growth. Keep just moist in winter. Outdoors in frost-free areas, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in shelter in sun or part shade

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Solenostemon 'Kong Rose' (Kong Rose) (Coleus 'Kong Rose')

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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