Plant Care Coleus

Coleus

4.4 out of 5 (107 experiences)

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

Also known as

Painted Nettle, Plectranthus scutellarioides, Solenostemon scutellarioides and Coleus bluemei

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

Plant care guide for Coleus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Growing Coleus in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant Coleus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 23rd, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sun…

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Light needs for plant Coleus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunlight will increase by 16.5% ☀️

May 21st, 2022

Philadelphia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to increase by 16.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.2 megajoules of energ…

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Light needs for plant Coleus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daylight will increase by 1.4 hours 📈

May 23rd, 2022

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 10.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.7 total hours …

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Coleus thrive 🌿!

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 22nd, 2022

The growing potential in Philadelphia is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Coleus 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
Toxicity
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 72
Coleus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 55
Coleus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 50
Coleus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 45
Coleus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 24
Coleus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 11
Coleus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Coleus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Darren avatar
@Darren
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 440 XP
globe Reading, England
12/29/2021

Doesn’t like the cold. Died!

Boki avatar
@Boki
leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 3,626 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 26 Plants
xp 989 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 47 Plants
xp 1,107 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 21 Plants
xp 408 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
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@Cw1234567890
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,253 XP
globe Sandusky, Michigan
08/26/2021

Pretty plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Charlie_ah avatar
@Charlie_ah
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 181 XP
08/17/2021

Easy to take care of !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 4,483 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 29 Plants
xp 1,823 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
Kikigoldblatt avatar
@Kikigoldblatt
leaf-1 99 Plants
xp 55,070 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
Kikigoldblatt avatar
@Kikigoldblatt
leaf-1 99 Plants
xp 55,070 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 27 Plants
xp 1,283 XP
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
Annaleece avatar
@Annaleece
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 551 XP
globe Modesto, California
07/14/2021

Super easy !

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Cody avatar
@Cody
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 5,512 XP
globe New York
07/08/2021

Pretty easy going plant

Sevi avatar
@Sevi
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 516 XP
07/05/2021

So pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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