Plant Care Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Also known as

Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides, coleus, painted nettle, Coleus blumei, Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus Stained Glassworks Presidio, 'Vulcan' coleus and Colorblaze


Plectranthus scutellarioides

How to care for Plectranthus Scutellarioides

💦 Water

How often to water your Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Water needs for Plectranthus Scutellarioides
0.5 cups
every 9

Plectranthus Scutellarioides 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Coleus scutellarioides in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Plectranthus Scutellarioides: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Plectranthus Scutellarioides love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Plectranthus Scutellarioides does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Plectranthus Scutellarioides in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Plectranthus Scutellarioides

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

💦 Water Needs

Plectranthus Scutellarioides 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.

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Plectranthus Scutellarioides requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Plectranthus Scutellarioides 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.

🪴 Soil

Plectranthus Scutellarioides 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!

💩 Fertilizer

Plectranthus Scutellarioides 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!

🌎 Native Region

Plectranthus Scutellarioides is native to Tropical Africa and Madagascar.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Plectranthus Scutellarioides can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🧐 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 Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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