Plant Care Coleus Amboinicus

Coleus Amboinicus

4.4 out of 5 (11 experiences)

Coleus Amboinicus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Coleus Amboinicus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Coleus Amboinicus

Mexican mint is known by many names, including Cuban Oregano, Indian Borage, French Thyme, and many more. Although native to the Middle East, it has become popular in cusisines around the world for its bright flavor. It's described as a combination of mint and oregano, and is incredibly powerful.


Coleus amboinicus

Also known as

Mexican Mint, Mexican Mint, Cuban Oregano, Spanish Thyme, Indian Borage, Plectranthus amboinicus and Indian Mint

How to care for Coleus Amboinicus


How often to water your Coleus Amboinicus

Water needs for Coleus Amboinicus
0.5 cups
every 9

Coleus Amboinicus 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 Amboinicus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Mexican Mint in your home

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

Coleus Amboinicus 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 Amboinicus in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Coleus Amboinicus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Coleus Amboinicus: 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 Amboinicus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Coleus Amboinicus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Coleus Amboinicus

Coleus Amboinicus

Coleus Amboinicus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Coleus Amboinicus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Coleus Amboinicus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Coleus Amboinicus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Coleus Amboinicus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Coleus Amboinicus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Coleus Amboinicus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Cookiesanti avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 166 XP

Very sensitive plant. Amazing how it grows quickly

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Yasumi_5.5.5 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 35 XP
globe Hialeah, FL

It grows a lot and is also very helpful on various natural remedies.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Timjee avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP

Cut off and place in water and put it somewhere where’s sunlight. Watch it grow!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 195 XP
globe Monterrey, Nuevo León

needs cold weather.

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