What is Coleus?
Coleus is a genus of about 150 species belonging to the family Lamiaceae, or the mint family. These plants are native to tropical and subtropical areas in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. They are popular garden plants due to their colorful foliage which may be shades of reds, yellows, greens and purples.
Propagating Coleus from Cuttings
Propagating coleus from cuttings is an easy way to increase your plant numbers quickly and inexpensively. It’s also a great way for novice gardeners to learn how to propagate plants since it’s simple enough for even beginners! Here’s what you need to know about propagating coleus from cuttings:
Step 1: Choose A Suitable Cutting
The best time for taking cuttings from coleus is during spring or summer when the plant has plenty of new growth that can be used as cuttings. Look for stem pieces with at least four sets of leaves – this will help ensure success when propagating your coleus cutting.
Step 2: Prepare Your Potting Medium
Use a potting mix that drains well but still retains some moisture such as one-part perlite and two parts peat moss or one-part vermiculite and two parts peat moss mixture (or something similar). Make sure you moisten your potting medium before planting your cutting in it so that it won’t dry out too quickly once planted.
Step 3: Plant Your Cutting
Once you have chosen an appropriate cutting and prepared your potting medium, you are ready to plant your cutting! Dip the end of the cutting into rooting hormone powder if desired (this helps encourage root growth), then make a hole in the potting medium large enough for the stem piece without crushing any roots that may already be present on it (if any). Place the stem piece into this hole so that half of its length is below soil level; gently press down around it so there are no air pockets remaining near its base.