Is the Coleus Plant toxic?
Being part of the mint family, one may think it's edible, or because of its medicinal value - but that is not the case. The leaves of the coleus plant are toxic to humans and pets. If you frequently touch the plant you may experience contact dermatitis or other irritations. Make sure to keep the plant out of reach of curious children and pets that may be attracted to its beautiful foliage.
What’s the ideal temperature?
For best growth, keep your plant in a room maintaining temperatures between 65 degrees fahrenheit and 75 degrees fahrenheit, avoiding temperature drops. If you live in an area. It is capable of tolerating cooler temperatures, like during winter, but should stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. As an outdoor plant, Coleus will start to have damage below 30 degrees Fahrenheit - it is susceptible to frost. If the plant is protected from cold temperatures, it can live for several years!
What’s the ideal humidity level?
Keep in mind that Coleus favors high humidity! Place your plant in a room with increased humidity such as the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. If you want to increase humidity in any room you can add a humidifier, place your plant on a pebble tray, group plants together or place it near a fish tank. If your Coleus isn’t getting the humidity it needs, it may look a little droopy. Avoid misting leaves to prevent water spots on velvety foliage.
Does it purify the air?
The Light Colored Coleus is not specifically known for its ability to purify the air. Thankfully, where it lacks in air purification, it excels in oxygen production! Coleus partakes in photosynthesis, where the plant takes the carbon dioxide from what we exhale and converts it into oxygen and sugar. The plant uses the sugar as food, and we in turn get to use this oxygen to breathe! A happy mutualistic relationship! In large quantities, your Coleus can help improve the air quality of your home.