Today’s we will learn about one of the most beautiful colourful leaf plants – the Coleus plants, also known as landscape coleus or Plectranthus scutellarioides. Then will show you how propagate coleus from multiple cuttings.
Coleus is a beautiful ornamental plant comes in many species with varying colors of leaves with multiple colors in a single leaf – that’s called brightly multi-color foliage.
Now few Quick tips on how to care for Coleus: Its basically a shade plant, but the best leaf color is achieved with morning sun and some degree of afternoon shade. Many varieties do well in both shade and partial sunlight. Some can take quite a bit of sun as long as they are not allowed to dry out. Avoid over-watering these plants, which can cause leaf drop and encourage root fungus and death.
To maintain plant form and encourage growth, we usually prune it by pinching the tops to discourage flower formation and encourage larger leaf development and growth.
Coleus do well in pots and planters, as long as they are planted in free-draining potting soil,
Avoid windy locations because coleus can be prone to breakage, as their stem is very tender and soft.
Now coming to the Propagation of Coleus plants from cuttings. It’s again the one of the easiest plant to multiply from cuttings. Its highly recommended for Novice gardeners to start their hobby of growing from cuttings from coleus plants. Its really easy to root in 1 to 2 weeks.
Take small cuttings and as usual, trip the leaves towards the lower parts of the cuttings and leave the upper leaves as it is. If you have a rooting hormone, dip the base into it and its completely optional. You should get good results without the use of rooting hormone powder. I have discussed in detail about this chemical as well as the organic rooting hormones in a separate video in my channel.
Well, take the cuttings, take some pots with a well draining soil. What I always use is 40 percent coco-peat, 40% garden soil and 10 % compost like vermicompost. This is universal for all plants. You can also grow in cocopeat alone and once rooting starts you can shift to a potting mix.