4.4 out of 5 (107 experiences)
Also known as
Painted Nettle, Plectranthus scutellarioides, Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus bluemei, Kiwi Fern Plant and Rodeo drive coleus
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 31st, 2023
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…
January 31st, 2023
San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 28.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.3 megajoules of energy per …
January 29th, 2023
This month, San Diego is getting an average of 9.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 7.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 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.
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.