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How to Grow Coleus as a House Plant

Updated on October 04, 2013

Coleus Makes a Magnificent Houseplant

Although usually planted outdoors, with proper light and food, a coleus plant can make a great addition to your collection of house plants. Start with a beautiful, healthy coleus plant and care for it properly, and you will be rewarded for your efforts with a magnificent house plant.

A coleus plant will make a great addition to your house plants, as well as your outdoor landscape.
A coleus plant will make a great addition to your house plants, as well as your outdoor landscape. | Source
Top view of an indoor coleus house plant.
Top view of an indoor coleus house plant.
Coleus red velvet house plant
Coleus red velvet house plant

Here's What You Will Need

* Small coleus plant
* Commercial potting soil
* Planter pot that drains
* Commercial house plant fertilizer (diluted)

  • I am going to assume you have just returned from a local nursery and have a young coleus seedling that is ready to be put in a nice, attractive planter. First, use a light, well-draining potting soil (you can't go wrong with Miracle Grow) in your pot. Put your little seedling in the pot and cover the roots with potting soil. At this point, you are looking at a rather dull-looking seedling wondering if I really know what I'm talking about. But, please don't underestimate this tiny little plant, which can grow and fill out a pot very nicely with some absolutely stunning foliage.
  • The intensity of the light your plant receives on a regular basis will determine the intensity of the foliage color, so place your new plant in a south window for several hours of bright sunshine daily, and although they will adapt to somewhat lower temperatures, they will be at their best at around 75-80 degrees with moist (NOT soggy) soil. If you are fortunate enough to have a fluorescent grow light, by all means, use it for your coleus. The colors will become even more vibrant.
  • Feed your coleus house plant once a month with a liquid house plant fertilizer, but dilute it to about 40-50% water.
  • Flower buds must be pinched off immediately because you don't want your coleus plant to go to seed. Once it goes to seed, it dies. Just keep pinching off the flower buds and your plant will thrive. If your plant becomes too leggy, pinching it off will help in that regard as well. A coleus plant is grown for its foliage and not for its flowers, so get them out of there quickly. When tips are pinched off, the plant diverts its energy to the sides making your plant full, bushy and gorgeous.
  • * Coleus plants are durable; cut them back almost to soil level if they start looking too leggy.

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      waad.maray 4 years ago

      Very nice,a great plat...Im waad,from Iraq,I have this plant,but it still green colour.My question is...

      How can I get different colour?

      Please .e-mail me.

      waad.maray@yahoo.com

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      The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago

      I just love coleus but never thought about using it indoors. Thanks for the great idea--and the care instructions.

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