Coleus grows nearly any where, very easy to grow- in bright sun or deep shade, indoors or out - but for best results give it moisture and filtered shade. It’s colour is affected by light intensity. This attractive foliage plant is great for containers or planting underneath. Coleus will usually survive in sun, the color of the leaves is enhanced in the shade. Small, insignificant flowers will appear late summer. Pinch off blooms and growing shoots of young plants to encourage bushier foliage Coleus are one of the easiest plants to propagate from cuttings and over winter indoors. Over winter coleus indoors and by early next summer you can have huge plants that will be the envy of the neighbourhood. The good news is you need very little to propagate coleus. One of the easiest annuals to grow from cuttings.
Start with a good healthy coleus with healthy foliage and many stems. Clip a few stems for propagation. The clippings should be at least four or five inches long. Remove a couple leaf nodes from the bottom of the stem. Place the stems in fresh water, in a clear vase or jar. Give the clipping about three weeks in jar to grow strong healthy roots, changing the water periodically. After three weeks gently remove the stems and separate the roots between stems with your fingers. Each clipping should have a nice root ball. The new roots will be white in color. Plant the new rooted clipping in some good potting soil. Water it. Place the pot in a sunny window and water regularly but allow to dry out between watering. Maintain your new coleus on a window sill throughout the winter. Plant outdoors after all risk of frost has past ,start the process over again.
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