Coleus is a beautiful garden plant that is loved for its colourful foliage. The leaves change the colours as the new shoots emerge. It is very easy to grow a coleus in garden.
More than 300 varieties of coleus exist worldwide. Among them, about 90 types grow in India. Both indoor and outdoor plants are available.
The plant can be seen in different colours ranging from blue, purple, rainbow, pink, red, black, dark brown, rose and orange. Rare varieties are very expensive.
Coleus is normally planted during monsoon.
Plant a stem with three nodes in a polythene cover filled with potting mix.
Seeds collected from fully grown plants also can be used for propagation.
Two week old saplings can be replanted to flowerpots or gardens.
Water & sunlight
Water the plant regularly.
Watering and moisture is essential for its growth.
But the plant perishes if water puddles at its bottom.
Excess moisture will turn the leaves brown.
Coleus grows well at places where sunlight is available aplenty.
It turns less colourful where sunlight is less available.
Coleus requires fertilisers regularly.
Cattle manure, diluted cow urine, groundnut cake soaked in cow dung solution can be applied.
Bio fertiliser granules can be given for indoor plants once in two weeks.
Once the plant starts blooming, plant can be pruned to make it a bush.