4.4 out of 5 (84 experiences)
Also known as
Painted Nettle and coleus spitfire
How to care for Coleus
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 San Diego, California.
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January 16th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…
January 16th, 2022
San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 14.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.9 megajoules of energy per …
January 15th, 2022
This month, San Diego is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 4.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of da…
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 San Diego, California ⛅.
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.
January 14th, 2022
The growing potential in San Diego is 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 rep…
What other plant parents say
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.
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.