Plant Care Guide Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Difficulty Level: Modest

What is the Dark-Colored Coleus?

Also known as the “Coleus Scutellarioides,” the Dark-Colored Coleus plant’s deep purple and red foliage adds some beautiful color to every room of your home. Its size and speedy growth make it the perfect houseplant.

Whether you’re looking to use it as a table ornament or as bookends for your desk, this Coleus is the natural boost you’ve been looking for!

Light CareLight Care

Coleus plants come from tropical regions of Central and South America, where they are accustomed to shaded environments. When placed in your household, they prefer bright, indirect light.

Place your plant somewhere in your home that receives bright, indirect light throughout the day, or find a space that experiences less intense, bright light.

Water CareWater Care

Water your Coleus plant regularly, and when possible, use room temperature water. Enough water should be provided for the plant that you can see it begin to drain through the bottom of the pot.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter 6-8 inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

Using a well-draining soil will allow for oxygen to pass through more effectively, which helps keep your plant extra healthy. Provide your plant with average houseplant fertilizer, diluted to half of the recommended strength. Fertilize every 1 to 2 weeks during the growing season, and avoid feeding your plant during the winter months.

Staff Holy Grail Pro-Tip:

The Dark Colored Coleus is a tropical houseplant, and as a result, it enjoys conditions that are closest to those it would naturally experience! Luckily for you, this isn’t a tall task at all to achieve in the average household. Place your Dark Colored Coleus a short distance from any of the windows of your home, and occasionally provide it with water that’s room temperature or above. Avoid cold water, which can harm its roots!