Plant Care Coleus

Coleus

4.5 out of 5 (81 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

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 located in Omaha, Nebraska.

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?

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5"
Light

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

Plant care guide for Coleus in Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

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Growing Coleus in Omaha right now

Light needs for plant Coleus in Omaha, Nebraska

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 3rd, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Omaha is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Coleus in Omaha, Nebraska

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 27.3% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Omaha is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Omaha is expected to decrease by 27.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Coleus in Omaha, Nebraska

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Omaha is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of daylig…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Omaha, Nebraska ⛅.

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.

When to repot Coleus

Nutrient needs for plant Coleus in Omaha, Nebraska

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 5th, 2021

The growing potential in Omaha is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to re…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Coleus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Propagation

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 your location in Omaha, Nebraska, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Coleus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 57
Coleus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 41
Coleus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 38
Coleus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 35
Coleus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
Coleus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Coleus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Boki avatar
@Boki
leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 2,260 XP
globe San Juan, Metro Manila
11/16/2021

Hard to kill this plant. Its not too fond of direct sunlight and will droop when its too hot from sunrays.
So easy to propagate by cuttings. Make a cut below a node with 6-8 leaves. Remove leaves from lower nodes leaving 4 leaves (can be more but probably best to trim some of the leaves in half so that the propagation doesnt struggle much to survive) Add rooting hormone (optional) to nodes then stick it in soil. Moisten soil with water and place in shaded area (direct sunlight stressed the plant). Wait for a week for plant to root then its good to go.
Some coleus can grow leaves up to 12 inches… prob more if i transferred it to a bigger pot or planted it directly to soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Rat__teeth avatar
@Rat__teeth
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 649 XP
11/11/2021

Such a pretty plant! and has very interesting leaves ☺️ I love her <3

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Sundust avatar
@Sundust
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 371 XP
10/25/2021

Great plant, just a little touchy. But easy to recover.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Jc58 avatar
@Jc58
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 186 XP
10/08/2021

My first time with this plant. It’s on my patio and growing beautifully request little to no attention

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Heather avatar
@Heather
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Bristol, England
08/30/2021

Coleus are both indoor and outdoor plants. They’re aesthetically pleasing and hardy. They have soft velvety leaves and come in a variety of spectacular colours.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jeannie avatar
@Jeannie
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Cw1234567890 avatar
@Cw1234567890
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 1,116 XP
globe Sandusky, Michigan
08/26/2021

Pretty plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Charlie_ah avatar
@Charlie_ah
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 146 XP
08/17/2021

Easy to take care of !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 3,758 XP
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 weekly.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jaydmurr avatar
@Jaydmurr
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,381 XP
globe South Portland, Maine
07/23/2021

they're pretty but i dunno, they haven't endeared me like the others have

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Kristygoldblatt avatar
@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 7,689 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
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 well.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Mccall avatar
@Mccall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
07/21/2021

This plant is super easy and fast results, in terms of growth. It’s fun to watch. Very pretty, vivid colors. Lives outside and inside.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kristygoldblatt avatar
@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 7,689 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
07/19/2021

I grew mine from seeds. Once they get going they start to grow fast. I love the ones I have.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Deannajs1014 avatar
@Deannajs1014
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,139 XP
globe Sonoma, California
07/17/2021

I brought my baby back to life with a good watering! You can save plants that are wilted at the store!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cody avatar
@Cody
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 5,512 XP
globe New York
07/08/2021

Pretty easy going plant

Kristygoldblatt avatar
@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 7,689 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
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 them in their own pot in a few weeks. They just need more growth. She recommended them to be about 2” to 3” high before I replanted them. This is a fun project. I also raised hypoestes from seeds as well. They are doing just as well.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kashia avatar
@Kashia
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 89 XP
globe Murrieta, California
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 growing strong!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Javabean4 avatar
@Javabean4
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 643 XP
globe Evansville, Indiana
06/06/2021

These are pretty when they get all bushy. Otherwise, this one has been a little bit finicky.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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