Tips for Keeping Your Coleus Plant Healthy

Coleus plants have beautiful foliage with purple leaves. They are perfect on an outdoor patio or as indoor plants. If you have this type of plant growing in your garden, it's important to maintain it to keep it looking beautiful.  


If you don't care for coleus plants they can lose their color, thickness, and vibrant appearance. Luckily, it's not difficult to maintain the coleus plant.

Make sure you put the plant in a sunny location. These plants do very well with a lot of light, so look for a spot that has southern exposure. The plant needs several hours a day of bright light. If you can't find a good spot with natural sunlight, you can also use artificial lighting.

This plant thrives well in moist soil. This means you must water it thoroughly on a regular basis, but make sure you don't over water. The soil needs to be moist but not soggy.  

Make sure the plant has proper drainage. Coleus plants often die when they do not have proper drainage. If the plant begins to wilt, make sure the soil is not too wet. Poor  drainage can really be a problem for these plants.


Give the plant plenty of fertilizer on a monthly basis. A slow release fertilizer is your best bet if you want the coleus plant to grow big and healthy. A monthly mixture of diluted plant fertilizer is recommended.

Another tip for maintaining this plant is to pinch the new buds. To ensure the plant continues to grow, it's important to pinch the new seeds that form at the top of the plant. Pinching the buds forces the plant to move its energy into leaves that it already has. This helps fill out the plant, giving it an attractive bushy look.

Keep the plant in the right temperature. Coleus plants do best between 55 and 85° F. If the plant is outside rather than indoors, bring it inside for winter. If the temperature rises during the summer, it's also a good idea to take it inside. Basically, this plant doesn't do well in extreme high and low temperatures.


If you have never grown coleus plants before, start with a small plant and then go from there. You may see a beautiful large purple plant in the store that you want to buy, however, you will regret it if you have no experience with maintenance. Purchase a smaller plant until you're used to taking care of it. Once you know what you're doing, move on to a larger plant. Unfortunately, it's very common for new gardeners to purchase a coleus plant only to be disappointed when it withers away and dies.  

This plant is a beautiful addition to any home, and can be grown outdoors or indoors. Wherever you plan to keep the plant, it needs proper maintenance to survive and thrive. Once you get the hang of things, the coleus plant is not difficult to maintain.  When you know how to properly take care of and grow large foliage, you will be pleased with the results as the plant will add a lot of color to your home.