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Big Red Judy® Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 30 - 48 Inches
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Big Red Judy® Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides
Sun or Shade 30 - 48

Features

A large, bold, textural plant with rich red leaves and an upright habit

Award Winner
Adaptable As Houseplant
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: 
Birds
Hummingbirds

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
30 - 48 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Red
Foliage Shade: 
Red
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in containers, mixed containers and beds

Maintenance Notes: 

Coleus are generally grown for their foliage. As flowers appear the plants generally begin to degrade. Removing flowers as they appear will help keep the foliage looking its best.

Rules of Thumb for Overwintering Plants Indoors:

1. Choose only healthy plants

2. Bring Plants indoors before frost damages foliage

3. Treat for disease and insects before bringing plants indoors

4. Place in bright areas and add humidity using pebble trays or spray bottles

5. Be careful not to over water

6 When active growth starts in spring fertilize and prune as needed

7. Introduce your plants slowly to outdoor conditions in spring

Big Red Judy has big leaves, it is dark red-burgundy and strong. She had a basketball hoop fall on her during one of our wind storms and almost pushed it off on her own! The color was awesome.

Big Red Judy has big leaves, it is dark red-burgundy and strong. She had a basketball hoop fall on her during one of our wind storms and almost pushed it off on her own! The color was awesome.

  • I have been using Big Red Judy for the past 5 years. In my zone this is an annual. The color is fabulous and this foliage plant is spectacular both in planters and in the garden.It grows to an unusual height for a coleus so is great at the back of a border with complementary flowering plants in the foreground. Pinching the plant back after a couple weeks in the ground results in gorgeous bushy foliage. I plant 3 BRJ between a cluster of maiden hair fern and another bright, lush fern. The contrast is stunning. In the foreground we plant mid-height annuals then underplant those with a third area of shorter annuals. BRJ requires no special care or deadheading.For a few years this was very popular and widely available locally but since many nurseries focus on the best of the newest BigRedJudy has become harder to find. In order to get enough plants I have begun propagating BRJ by taking cuttings in the fall and carrying them over the winter as house plants. Few other plants provide such fabulous color from May through hard frost.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Cate Pfister
    Arlington
    Massachusetts
    United States
    19 weeks ago
  • Grew to be HUGE. Lived them last year. Trying to find them again for this year.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    kera
    McKinney
    Texas
    United States
    4 years ago
  • One of my favorite coleus. Its big and bold. I love the rich burgundy color and velvety texture of the foliage.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    George Weigel
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    7 years ago
  • great coleus for a large container.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    cheryl
    Saskatchewan
    Canada
    7 years ago
  • BIG RED JUDY WAS A GREAT PERFORMER IN OUR GARDENS!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    COLEEN TOONE
    Utah
    United States
    7 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Top 10 Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2007 Top 10 Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2007 Top 10 Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2007 Top 10 Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
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