How To Grow Coleus – Amazing Patterns, Colorful Foliage & Big Interest! 

Coleus flourish in partial to full shade, but some types can handle more sun. Choose a bright, indirect, or filtered sunlight spot in your garden or indoors.  

Choose the Right Location 

Coleus likes organic, well-draining soil. Use a good potting mix or compost to promote drainage and fertility in containers or garden soil.  

Soil Preparation 

Coleus can be planted outdoors following spring frosts. Space mature plants 12-18 inches apart. Choose a pot with drainage holes somewhat larger than the plant's root ball for container growing.  


Maintain moist, not soggy soil. When the top inch of soil seems dry, properly water the plants. Coleus plants wilt if too dry, but watering revives them.  


Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to grow coleus. Over-fertilizing can cause lanky growth and dull foliage.  


Coleus stem tips should be pinched regularly to promote bushy growth and prevent legginess. Increasing lateral branching makes the plant fuller and compact. Leggy stems can be pruned to retain shape.  

Pinching and Pruning 

Aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites may attack coleus plants, which are disease-resistant. Regularly check your plants and treat pests with insecticidal soap or neem oil.  

Pest and Disease Control 

Coleus is a cold-weather annual. You may overwinter coleus inside by clipping healthy plants before the first frost. After roots in water or moist potting mix, place cuttings in sunny windows.  


Colors, textures, and leaf shapes make coleus versatile for yard and indoor design. Combining kinds in containers, borders, and garden beds creates dramatic contrast.  

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