How to grow Coleus

Coleus grow and care – shrub of that genus also known as Plectranthus scutellarioides, Coleus evergreen perennial plant, but in cold weather become annual and used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, temperate, tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10+ (as perennial) 3-9 (as annual).

Coleus leaves

Leaves color can be: green, yellow, black, brown, blue, grey, orange, pink, purple, white, red or mostly more than one color, often mottled or stained, foliage color can be homogeny or diverse of several colors on the same leaves, the leaves are oval with serrated edges

Flower small in color blue –white, flower grow on stalk in inflorescence

Although Coleus referring to more plant from this genus this page referring to Plectranthus scutellarioides

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How to grow Coleus growing and care:

Light soil, well drain

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to; heat wave, cold

Recommended planting season?

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, nematode

When is the best time to prune a Coleus shrub?

How to prune:
Inflorescence stalk

What is the size of a Coleus shrub?
20-80cm, 8-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
In warm climate full Shade – half Shade, cold climate full sun- half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, but need light

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
White-blue small flower, the flowers grow on stalk in inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Yes, recommend to thinning make the plant life shorter

Scientific name:

Plectranthus scutellarioides

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Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Blue flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Black leaves
  • Blue leaves
  • Brown leaves
  • Gray leaves
  • Orange leaves
  • Pink leaves
  • Purple leaf
  • Red leaves
  • White leaves
  • Yellow leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 3
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9