Do you have a printed catalog? Will you send
Because of our desire to not
contribute to the amount
of waste in our
country's landfills, our catalog is online only.
We do offer a mailing to
those without internet
access that lists some
of our bestsellers and
includes an order form
that can be mailed or
faxed to us. It is not a
full catalog and does
not include detailed
Do you sell
No, we do not sell coleus seeds.
Do you offer wholesale pricing?
No, we do not sell wholesale.
Rosy Dawn Gardens is a family-owned, retail business.
We serve home gardeners
and plant collectors that want a large selection of
reasonably priced coleus from which to choose.
Do you ship overseas?
We do not ship outside of the U.S.
Coleus plants do I get for
Our plants are individually priced. We do not sell wholesale or offer quantity
discounts. You will receive one bonus plant of
our choice for every 10
coleus plants you order
If I order a lot of plants can I get a price break?
We do not offer price
breaks for large orders.
Our low, one-price
handling charge is a
built-in price break for
large orders. We also
include a free bonus
plant for every 10
plants you order (limit
6) as a "thank you" for your business. Bonus
plants are our choice, but we will try to choose Coleus
that will combine well with other plants in your order.
Will you ship United
Parcel Service (UPS)?
We find US Priority Mail to be the most economical way
to ship from this area, and we have based our prices
accordingly. We do not ship via UPS.
When will my order be shipped?
We ship on Saturday, Monday or Tuesday of each
week of the shipping season, with exceptions for postal holidays.
Please request a shipping date on your order. We will
try to meet your chosen date, but your requested
shipping date may have to be delayed until your plants
are mature enough to ship. If no date is specified on
your order form, we will send your order after the frost
free date for your zone. You will be notified by email
when your order ships. Orders may be placed though the
first week of June. Beginning the second week of June,
all Coleus in the catalog will be listed as out-of-stock
until ordering begins for the next spring on December 1. We are sorry that we cannot ship into the summer months.
Shipping in the
heat of summer is too stressful for the Coleus.
Please order early, as we are happy to hold your plants until your requested ship date
or until weather permits shipping. Please
consider vacations, etc. when requesting your ship date. If you cannot be
home when your plants arrive please arrange for someone to watch for your plants
or instruct the mail carrier as to a safe place to place
the box until you arrive. You might also request that
the post office keep the package for you to pick-up.
Our shipping season begins the last week of March,
weather permitting. We reserve the right to
use our discretion when deciding if it is safe to ship
Coleus, and we consider the weather both at departure
and arrival when making this determination. It is absolutely crucial for the
survival of cold-sensitive Coleus to wait until the weather is safe.
We will delay shipping when
weather could threaten the safety of your
plants at any point during the shipping process. Please keep in mind that
our greenhouse operation is in Michigan, so no matter
how warm it is where you live, in March and sometimes
beyond we are often under several inches of snow and
experiencing freezing temperatures.
What size pots do you use?
We grow our plants in a growing mix contained in a root
permeable, degradable fabric sleeve. Most of our coleus
are equivalent in size to a plant grown in a 3"- 4"
nursery pot. Premium varieties may be shipped in
Can I take cuttings from
Most of the coleus we sell are
not patented and you are
are free to take
cuttings from those. We
do buy some patented
coleus from companies
such as Proven Winners
and Ball, and those patented
varieties may not be
propagated. Please email
us if you want to know
if a particular variety
How big are the plants that you sell?
Most plants that we ship are single or multi-stemmed and between
three and nine inches in height, depending on the
cultivar. Coleus cultivars vary widely in
height, leaf shape, and habit. Some Coleus are small and grow very slowly,
sometimes taking months to grow just a few inches in
height. Others root rapidly
and bolt out of the gate with vigorous growth. We try to indicate in the
catalog descriptions when a plant is small or
slow-growing, so please read carefully before ordering.
Our Coleus may be pruned before shipping to encourage
branching and to keep their size manageable for
shipping. We recommend that you plant your Coleus into
soil immediately upon arrival. Please refer to our
Coleus Care page for
additional growing instructions.
Please note: Our
business is in Michigan
and spring comes much
later for us than for
customers in the
southern states. We grow
and ship husky
starter plants ready
to pot up and grow on.
They are not full grown
plants! Plants ordered
for shipping in March
and early April will
naturally be smaller
than those ordered for
shipment in late April
and May. Coloration also
improves with time and
the warmer, longer days
of late spring and
Coleus will take full sun?
A lot of
companies have been promoting “Sun Coleus” and, in fact,
many varieties are somewhat sun-tolerant. Please
remember that "sun-loving coleus" is a marketing gimmick
and that "full
sun" is a relative, as well as misleading, term.
Coleus are jungle plants from Southeast Asia, and can
only be grown in full sun with proper preparation and
the selection of the most sun-tolerant varieties. For
instance, full sun in Michigan, where we
live, is different than full sun in Florida or Texas or
Coleus will survive in full sun but constant
exposure to strong sunlight can alter the coloring and
the plant and greatly increase the need for water. The
best location for the truest color in Coleus, in our
opinion, is a spot that receives some sun (preferably
morning sun) but is
protected from the harshest sun of the middle and/or
late day. Of course, many people do not have an ideal
exposure available in which to grow Coleus, so
experimentation is certainly in order since many of our
customers have achieved success in full sun with certain
varieties. Coleus that do not do well in sun may show
"bleaching" of leaves or they might become "greened out" by the excess coloring produced by the plant to protect
itself from the sun. See our
Selection Guide page for
more information on the varieties of Coleus that can tolerate
sun. (Please note that the Selection Guide is not
changed when items sell out. Some Coleus mentioned may
not be available.)
Success with coleus, especially in the sun, depends on
proper preparation and hardening off of plants before
putting them in a full sun situation. When you receive
your coleus, they should be planted in a pot and allowed
to gradually get used to the new climate. After
potting your Coleus,
place them outdoors
everyday for 3-4 hours in
partial shade in a
wind-sheltered location. Gradually increase the time
outdoors every day, and by the end of the first week you
should be able to gradually begin to acclimate them to
their permanent location for another week. This
preparation is especially important if you are planting
your coleus in the ground because they need to develop a
sufficient root system to support them during hot, dry
days in full sun. Planting your newly arrived coleus in
the ground without hardening off and developing a bigger
root system will risk the life of your coleus. Please
refer to our
Coleus Care page for
additional growing instructions. The most important
thing to remember when growing Coleus in full sun is
that they need a well-developed root system, proper
soil preparation, and
consistent watering to
look their best.
Why do some
Coleus that look the
same have different names?
In the absence of a Coleus Society or registry for
hybridizers, many Coleus cultivars have been claimed,
renamed, and even patented by nurseries or companies
that had nothing to do with developing that cultivar.
Coleus are also very generous with producing "sports,"
which are mutations that can be propagated and sold as a
new variety. The same sport may occur spontaneously at
different nurseries and each might claim it as a new
introduction and give it their own name. This causes a
lot of confusion for Coleus enthusiasts! We try to list
the common alias for each variety in the description.
All types of Coleus are now in the genus Solenostemon
scutellarioides, so technically the name "Coleus blumei"
or "Coleus hybridus" no longer exists. Most of our plants
labeled with the common name "Coleus" fall into the
former Coleus blumei category, although some of the the
trailing varieties were formerly labeled C. pumilus or C. rehneltianus.
Are your Coleus organic?
When we first started
selling Coleus we hoped
to sell an organically
grown product, since we
have always gardened
wonderfully warm and
humid environment in the
greenhouse not only
fosters the growth of
beautiful Coleus, it is
a great environment for
bugs as well! We found
it impossible to grow
Coleus on such a large
scale and be able to
offer our customers a
product free from
"hitchhikers". We have
developed a pest
management program that
provides the best
results possible using
supplemented with a
minimum amount of the
safest chemicals we can
Do you sell Black Dragon, Wizard,
Versa, Rainbow, Fairway, Kong, Carefree, Giant Exhibition, Palisandra, or other seed-grown Coleus?
We sell only cutting-grown
which enables us to offer a much larger selection of
Coleus that are generally more sun-tolerant and less
likely to bloom. Seed-grown Coleus are usually purchased in flats or pots
I am looking for the Scaredy Cat, Dogs Be Gone, or Pee
(Piss) Off Coleus. Do you sell Coleus canina?
Yes, we sell the plant
commonly sold as “Coleus canina.”
While being touted as a hybrid Coleus out of Germany, it
is actually a Plectranthus, and it grows wild in Africa
and India. It has gotten
a lot of publicity
lately for its ability
to repel cats, dogs,
rabbits, fox, and other
critters looking to
urinate on or otherwise
desecrate your garden.
We are happy to sell you
“Coleus canina”, but
please keep in mind that
as far as we know there
has not been a
scientific study to
gauge the effectiveness
of “Coleus canina” as an animal repellant.
We make no claims or
guarantees as to whether
it will repel pests in
Plants are sized like
our other Coleus. Please
refer to the “How big
are the plants that you
sell” FAQ for more
Please note: If you have had success (or failure) with
using this plant as a repellent please email us at
email@example.com and share your story.