Plant Care Coleus
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Coleus

4.4 out of 5 (65 experiences)

Coleus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Coleus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Painted Nettle and coleus spitfire

Taxonomy

Coleus scutellarioides
Coleus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

Coleus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
Coleus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 34
Coleus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 33
Coleus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 30
Coleus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Coleus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
Coleus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
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Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Rating of the plant Coleus named Coleus raised from seeds by Kristygoldblatt on Greg, the plant care app
07/04/2021

I had help from the buyer on how to germinate these and how to successfully grow them. I used a plant heating pad, growing trays and a growing light. They are prospering. I hope to be able to plant t…

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Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Coleus named Bella by Tatianamoss on Greg, the plant care app
05/02/2021

If you want a plant that you can propagate and share with your friends, get a coleus! They’re resilient and their bright colors are a stunning addition to your inside garden. I have mine in a tall sk…

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
Rating of the plant Coleus named Robert Chase by Wiiendlessocean4life on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

These are clippings from my moms potted coleus. They’re propagating quite nicely, and my mom says the mother plant miraculously survived the AZ sun last summer. Poor plant definitely took a hit, but …

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@Kashia
Murrieta, California
Rating of the plant Coleus named Mama Cal by Kashia on Greg, the plant care app
06/17/2021

My plant was gifted to me and sometime I am really good at watering her and sometimes not. She grew so fast and I was able to propagate 2 babies from her and gave one to another friend and she too is…

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Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Rating of the plant Coleus named Coleus by Kristygoldblatt on Greg, the plant care app
07/21/2021

I grew mine from seeds. My pic of mine are about 7 weeks old. Now they are starting to pickup on growth. It was fun starting them from seeds. Great project for me. I also grew hypoestes from seeds as…

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Lvl500 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Coleus named Three Amigos by Lvl500 on Greg, the plant care app
08/11/2021

I’ve had the Coleus plants for approximately three months. They have grown fast in that time. I love the colourful leaves. Mine are positioned under a south facing roof window. I water and feed weekl…

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Alexandria, Virginia
Rating of the plant Coleus named Steph by Pardis on Greg, the plant care app
02/24/2021

It has beautiful leaves and comes in many varieties, colours and leaf patterns. It is very easy to grow from cuttings, put them into water until they form roots, then pot. It grows very fast as well.

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@Emilyen
Willington, Connecticut
Rating of the plant Coleus named Lola by Emilyen on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

i basically killed this thing by not giving it any direct light so i propagated it to fill up the pot and now the leaves look so much healthier and the whole plant is thriving in the sunlight now!

Jeannie avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Coleus named Orlando Bloom by Jeannie on Greg, the plant care app
08/28/2021

I don’t know anything about this colius, I would like some information I keep it outside in a hanging basket, I water it but that’s it. If anyone could tell me more about it I’d appreciate it.

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Slidell, Louisiana
Rating of the plant Coleus named Joy by Beeplantastic on Greg, the plant care app
03/16/2021

Easy plant to care for.. mine went dormant in the winter curious to see how she will perform this spring/summer shes grew new stems, shes just a tad bald.. propagation very easy

How to care for Coleus

Water

How often to water your Coleus

Water needs for Coleus
0.5 cups
every 9

Coleus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Coleus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Coleus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Coleus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Coleus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Coleus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Coleus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Coleus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Coleus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Coleus

Coleus

Coleus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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