Coleus plant care and propagation is relatively easy compared to other plants. The plant is not only beautiful but also easy to maintain. Coleus has beautiful leaves making the awesome plants because you don’t have to wait for them to flower, they can beautify any space with their leaves alone. There are many varieties of coleus plants including Coleus Hybridus commonly known as painted nettle. There is also the Rainbow Mixed Colors which is a very vibrant Coleus.
Coleus is some of the forgiving plants. They can tolerate a little regret, unlike some plants that will just die on you.
Coleus Water Propagation
The plants are easy to propagate. Plant owners can multiply coleus fast and end up with many plants in no time. The best way to propagate coleus is through cuttings. Propagation should be done during the growing season. After the plants have produced pretty foliage, you can make cuttings.
Select healthy branches and make cuttings that are about 6″ long. Trim 4 to six lower leaves on the cuttings. Fill a glass or a jar with water up to about 1/3 full. Put the coleus cuttings in the water and make sure the nodes are submerged in water
It is perfectly fine to place several cuttings in one jar or glass. They will produce roots just fine as long as they lower root nodes are all covered in water. If you decide to place several cuttings in one jar, check the water level closely because the coleus can drink up the water fast.
Keep the setup in a medium-light area and just let the roots develop at the nodes. For best results when transplanted into soil, let the cutting develop new roots that are about 1″ long.
Coleus does well in fertile well-draining soil. They don’t need any special soil and can be planted in an all-purpose soil mix. Fill the container up to 2/3 with soil and make a small hole to fit the cutting. Position the cutting and push the soil around it to hold it in place.
Coleus plants also need re-potting when they outgrow their pots. The process is similar, you just use a larger pot. Coleus is also perfect bedding plants.
Watering Coleus Plants
Coleus plants need to be kept moist. Especially for the newly established plants. Container plants also require more frequent watering compared to plants established directly in the ground.
Pruning Coleus Plants
Coleus plants produce spiked flowers during summer. The blooms can be trimmed back. If you want to promote your plant to produce more foliage and become bushier, you can pinch the shoots.
Coleus plant care and propagation steps are easy. The plants produce really beautiful leaves. It’s important to note that the plants are susceptible to cold temperatures. I hope you liked the post, please share it and also follow me on Pinterest.