Alternanthera RED Joseph's Coat (LIVE STARTER PLANT) FOLIAGE
Alternanthera Broadleaf Red (LIVE STARTER PLANT) is an easy-to-maintain foliage plant. It brings intense color to your garden with vibrant green foliage, accented by deep red edges. The Alternanthera makes a great addition to any landscaping, adding texture and interest to gardens and planters alike..
Alternanthera (also known as Joseph's Coat) is a sun-loving annual that is perfect for landscape use. These plants tolerate sun or shade, but they are most colorful in full sun. Alternanthera have a mounding, shrubby habit and grow to a height of 10in-14in. The shorter day length of spring and fall yield richer colors. Red and yellow varieties work well together because they are the same height.
In most gardening zones, gardeners grow Joseph's coat as an annual. It grows as a perennial only in Zones 10 and 11. A full-sun location is preferred to bring out the colors in the foliage.
The best time to set out Joseph's coat plants is in April or May, although they can be planted later with some success. After the last frost in spring, set out nursery-grown plants spaced 12 to 18 inches apart in well-draining soil with added compost. Dig a hole large enough for the root ball and at the same depth as the nursery container. Using your hands, loosen the roots somewhat if they were crowded in the container. Settle the plant in the hole and backfill with the amended garden soil. Water the plant deeply to eliminate any air pockets.