Plant Care Coleus

Coleus

4.8 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Coleus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Coleus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Painted Nettle

Taxonomy

Coleus scutellarioides
Coleus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

Coleus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Coleus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Coleus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Coleus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Coleus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Coleus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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Mesa, AZ
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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@Pardis
Glendale, CA
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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Slidell, LA
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

Capejettymum avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Coleus named Limey by Capejettymum on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

Coleus is all about the foliage which can vary greatly from bright green to dark burgundy with variegated mixes as well. Snip a stem & drop into a cup of water to propagate.

Capejettymum avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Coleus named Dark Cole by Capejettymum on Greg, the plant care app
04/18/2021

Easily propagation from a stem put in water. Avoid keeping near pets as it causes intestinal distress even in proximity to the plant. Toxic if eaten by dogs and cats.

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

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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 city 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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