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Coleus: A Shade Loving, Colorful, And Easy To Grow Plant. Instructions On How To Propagate Coleus

Updated on August 10, 2013
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Mary enjoys gardening and growing unusual species. She loves to share her flower knowledge with readers.

These Coleus love to be under the tree in the shade.
These Coleus love to be under the tree in the shade. | Source

Propagating Coleus

Gardeners are always looking for plants that like the shade. Most of the colorful annuals like the sun, so we are limited as to what to plant under our trees that will give us that color we love. I think the Coleus is the perfect solution. They have so many different colors, and they are what I call "easy keepers". They don't require much water or fertilizer like a lot of plants do.

You can buy these plants from your local supplier that is already big and ready to plant directly into the ground. Once you have a "Mother plant", it is so easy to propagate the Coleus that you'll have plenty of plants to enjoy and share with friends and neighbors.

I'd like to share with you how easy it is to propagate Coleus from cuttings.

Information About Coleus

The Coleus is very easy to propagate. The Coleus is native to tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies, and the Philippines. They grow very well where I live in South Florida, as they like warm weather. The cold will kill them. If you start some in a pot, and you want to keep them year round, just bring the pot into your house for a beautiful house plant. After danger from frost is over, take them back outside. They are somewhat heat tolerant, but they do better in the shade. After the plant has grown and become "leggy" (and they will), take some cuttings and start some more.

After your first rooting has begun to grow, just cut off another cutting, put it into another pot with potting soil, and you have more plants. Share with your friends.

What You Will Need To Propagate Coleus

Small plastic or clay pots that have been thoroughly cleaned.

Good potting soil

4 inch cuttings from Mother Plant

Sharp knife

Getting Started

If you are lucky, and you have a friend who grows Coleus, just ask for a small cutting. You may have to go a plant nursery, and purchase a plant. I call this the "Mother Plant", because that is the one you can get many cuttings from. Cut the plant stem to about 4 inches in length. Strip off the lower leaves, just leaving a few. As always, when you are rooting a plant, cut at a 45 degree angle. You do not have to use any of the products to induce rooting on these, because they root SO easily. Using one of the small pots filled with the potting soil, stick the little cutting right down into the soil.

Water the cutting thoroughly, and keep damp until you see signs that it has rooted.

The Tiny Little Cutting Of Coleus


The Coleus Cutting After Two Weeks


The Coleus Cutting After 5 Weeks


The Coleus Cutting After 6 weeks. Placed Into A Large Clay Pot


Many Varieties Of Coleus

There are many varieties of Coleus. I just happen to like the color combination I use in my garden. Go to a plant nursery and just look around at all the beautiful colors. Some are red, some are variegated colors, some have color in the middle and green on the outside edge of the leaf.

These beautiful plants will make a great addition to your garden. Remember, they do prefer the shade. Plant them in the ground, or just keep them in pots and move them wherever you want some color under the trees or any other shaded area.

I think you'll be pleased you included the beautiful Coleus in your garden. These plants will reward you for a long time, because you just keep them coming by propagating them.

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Technical Stuff

If you are really interested in reading all the technical stuff about Coleus, go to www.wikipedia,

© 2011 Mary Hyatt


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