COLEUS Garden Guide
Coleus Stats at a Glance
Botanical Name: Coleus x hybridus
Height: 8-18 inches
Soil Conditions: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Sun: Partial to deep shade
Soil pH Conditions: 5.5-6.75
Starting Coleus from Seed
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks prior to planting. To start indoors, fill individual peat pots with a fertile commercial soil starter and moisten. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil, as they need light to germinate. Place in a room with a constant temperature of 75-80°F. Cover with clear plastic wrap to maintain the soil moisture and temperature. Keep the soil moist. When seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap and move to a sunny location.
Days to Emergence: 7-14
You can start hardening off seedlings when temperatures reach above 65°F. For the first few days place in a protected area for a few hours gradually increasing the length of time they are exposed to the elements.
When to Plant Coleus
Where to Plant Coleus
Plant in partial to full shade in an area of the garden that consists of fertile, well-drained soil.
Some varieties will tolerate sun.
Coleus Plant Spacing
Coleus Care and Maintenance
Coleus requires moisture but are damaged by overwatering.
The most common pests associated with Coleus include aphids, mealybugs, scale, and whiteflies.