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Coleus Fairway Red Velvet Care Sheet for Terrariums


1. Terrarium Setup:

  • Container: Choose a terrarium with ample height to accommodate the plant’s potential growth (preferably at least 12 inches tall).
  • Substrate: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter, such as peat moss or composted bark.
  • Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels (around 60-80%) within the terrarium.
  • Lighting: Provide bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so filtered or diffused sunlight is best.


2. Watering:

  • Moisture Levels: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.
  • Watering Frequency: Check the soil regularly; water when the top inch feels dry. Adjust frequency based on the terrarium’s humidity levels.
  • Watering Method: Use a watering can with a narrow spout or a spray bottle to water gently and evenly.


3. Temperature and Environment:

  • Temperature: Coleus Fairway Red Velvet thrives in temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid drastic temperature fluctuations.
  • Ventilation: While terrariums provide a humid environment, ensure adequate airflow by occasionally opening the lid for ventilation.


4. Fertilizing:

  • Frequency: Feed the plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring through early fall).
  • Type of Fertilizer: Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength to avoid over-fertilization in the enclosed space.

5. Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Regularly pinch back growing tips to encourage bushiness and maintain a compact shape.
  • Removing Dead Leaves: Remove any yellow or dead leaves promptly to prevent disease and maintain plant health.


6. Pests and Diseases:

  • Monitor: Check regularly for pests such as aphids, spider mites, or mealybugs, especially in the enclosed environment of a terrarium.
  • Treatment: If pests are present, isolate the plant and treat with insecticidal soap or an appropriate pesticide.


7. Growth and Propagation:

  • Propagation: Coleus Fairway Red Velvet can be propagated from stem cuttings. Root cuttings in water or directly in moist soil.
  • Managing Growth: Trim back long stems to encourage bushy growth and prevent legginess within the terrarium confines.


8. Troubleshooting:

  • Yellowing Leaves: Adjust watering practices; yellowing could indicate both overwatering or underwatering.
  • Leggy Growth: Ensure adequate light levels; insufficient light can cause the plant to become leggy.
  • Mold or Fungal Issues: Ensure good air circulation to prevent mold or fungal growth in the humid terrarium environment.


9. Replanting and Refreshing:

  • Replanting: Refresh the potting mix or repot the plant every 1-2 years to replenish nutrients and ensure continued healthy growth.
  • Terrarium Maintenance: Clean the terrarium glass periodically to allow maximum light penetration and maintain visual appeal.


By following these care guidelines, your Coleus Fairway Red Velvet should thrive in the controlled environment of a terrarium, providing lush foliage and vibrant color to enhance your indoor space. Adjust care practices based on the specific conditions of your terrarium and the plant’s response to ensure optimal growth and health

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