Transplanting a Coleus in 4 Steps

What You'll Need
Garden hose

Coleus plants are a great way to add bright color to a shady area. Annual coleus creates gorgeous foliage that looks great in a wide variety of landscapes. If you want to transplant a coleus, follow these instructions.

Step 1 - Buy the Plants

Make sure you buy healthy plants that don't show any signs of wilting or disease. Check to ensure that the plants are stocky and have a large amount of closely spaced leaves.

Step 2 - Planting

It's best to plant the coleus outside in the spring once you're certain there will be no more frost. Choose a site that has partial or full shade and contains rich, well-drained soil that has plenty of moisture. When you plant, make sure you add a few shovels of compost.
When planting, space the plants 2 to 12 inches apart, depending on their size. Plants usually come in a range of sizes between 10 and 18 inches.

Step 3 - Fertilize

Pinch the tops of the coleus flowers - this will trim them and encourage branching. This also ensures that you get a fuller, more lush plant. Make sure you keep the soil very moist. Adding mulch is recommended.

It's important to fertilize the plants every four to six weeks, or use a slow release fertilizer at the time of planting.

Step 4 - Maintenance

When the fall arrives, remove the plants and discard them. Coleus don't do well in frost, and wilt and die at this time of the year. Because these plants are annuals, it's important to remove them before the winter arrives.

Coleus produces small flowers, but most gardeners plant it for the beautiful green and purple foliage it produces through this season. Coleus plants can display other colors as well, such as red, green, white, pink, yellow and bronze.  

Although most homeowners plant coleus outside, it also makes a great houseplant. If you want to overwinter it, try digging it up before the first frost and transplanting it to a container to bring indoors. You can also take coleus cuttings in the late fall and root them in water until the spring arrives, at which time they are ready to be planted outdoors.

Don't place this plant in full sun, as it will begin to wilt and may get sunscald. The coleus plant does well indoors because it doesn't require a lot of shade. Many gardeners overwinter coleus plants to save money, to have something beautiful in their home during the long winter months and for a fun gardening project at the beginning of spring.

Coleus plants produce vibrant, colorful leaves. This is what makes them so unique and a popular option for almost any type of landscape. If you are planning on adding coleus plants to your garden, they are very easy to maintain.