How to Grow and Care for Multicolored Coleus


How to Grow and Care for Multicolored Coleus -- Coleus is a popular houseplant that grows throughout the season and has beautiful colorful patterns. This plant thrives in full sun or partial shade, with square stems and leaves facing each other. The appearance, color, style, and pattern of the leaves vary greatly.

Learn about coleus


Coleus plants can spread and reach their full size in a single growing season. This coleus typically grows in large expanse or landscapes that appear to cover the entire yard of the house. The botanical name for this plant is Plectranthus Scutellarioides. It has blue to white flowers that bloom seasonally and can grow in acidic to neutral soil pH. Please keep in mind that this plant is toxic to animals.

Coleus treatment


Coleus is a perennial that grows as a small shrub with a thick woody stem in warmer climates. Despite being a tropical plant, it thrives in heat and grows year after year. You can move them to the garden when the temperature rises above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Understand what to look for when caring for coleus as a houseplant.


Despite the fact that coleus prefers partial shade rather that full sun, light plays an important role. Grow it in a container, and if indoors, make sure it gets plenty of sunlight for many months.



Coleus prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Months have passed since any compost or other organic matter has been added to the soil. Use an acidic to neutral pH soil mix as well.


Because it prefers consistently moist soil, prolonged dry spells can cause the plant to grow slowly and the leaves to turn brown at the edges. Water only when the soil is dry.

Temperature and humidity


Coleus thrives in hot and humid conditions an can be brought indoors to be protected from cold temperatures. Keep it away from AC, and when the weather is dry, this plant prefers moisture and artificial humidification indoors.

Propagation of coleus


Coleus plants can be propagated through stem cuttings and seedlings.

With stem cuttings, cut the stem 4 - 6 inches long just below the leaf node with scissors. Remove all leaves and soak them in a rotting hormone compound first. Plant in moist potting soil, with the soil covering the leaf nodes.

Coleus seeds can also be used for planting. However, it takes approximately 21 days for the seeds to germinate. Simply sprinkle the seeds over a tray filled with the soil mix, then lightly cover with soil. 

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