Plant Care Indian Borage

Indian Borage

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Indian Borage has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Indian Borage has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Indian Borage

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.

Taxonomy

Coleus amboinicus
Coleus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

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

How to care for Indian Borage

💦 Water

How often to water your Indian Borage

Water needs for Indian Borage
0.5 cups
every 9

Indian Borage 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 Indian Borage

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mexican Mint in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Indian Borage: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Indian Borage 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 Indian Borage in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Indian Borage

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Indian Borage 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!

Benefits of Growing Mexican Mint →

Common Mexican Mint Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Indian Borage prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Mexican Mint Water Frequency →

Mexican Mint Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Indian Borage may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Mexican Mint Light Requirements →

Mexican Mint Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Indian Borage is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Mexican Mint Toxicity to Cats →

Mexican Mint Toxicity to Dogs →

Mexican Mint Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Indian Borage doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Mexican Mint Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Indian Borage does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Mexican Mint →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mexican Mint →


💩 Fertilizer

Indian Borage should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Mexican Mint →


🌎 Native Region

Indian Borage is native to Old World Tropics and Subtropics.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Indian Borage bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Mexican Mint Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Indian Borage grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Mexican Mint →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Indian Borage can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mexican Mint Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Indian Borage can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Mexican Mint →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Indian Borage, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Indian Borage

Indian Borage

Indian Borage


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Indian Borage has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Indian Borage has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Indian Borage has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Indian Borage has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Indian Borage has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Indian Borage has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 345 XP
08/30/2021

Very sensitive plant. Amazing how it grows quickly

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 35 XP
globe Hialeah, FL
08/11/2021

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
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
06/13/2021

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
06/01/2021

needs cold weather.

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