The Best Way to Water Your Coleus

The Best Way to Water Your Coleus

BEFORE YOU WATER

Coleus loves water and does not like to dry up! It’s hard to overwater them, but even a water-loving plant can get overwatered. Feel the soil: it should be a bit moist but not wet when watering it again. Squeeze a bit of soil between your fingers - if water seeps out it’s still wet.

If the soil is wet - snooze this action, we will remind you again in 2 days.

Coleus Watering 1

“Make sure that your Coleus is planted in a pot with holes. Even though they love water, excess water must be able to run out.” — PLANTA PRO TIP

There are several ways to water Coleus - they aren’t very picky. Choose a way that suits you the best:

WATER OVER THE SOIL

  1. Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap

  2. Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes

  3. If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water

  4. If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back


BOTTOM WATERING

  1. Fill the plant tray with water

  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray

  3. Wait for about 10 minutes

  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray

  5. If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray

  6. Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess

NOTE

Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.


WATER BATH

  1. Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water

  2. Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water

  3. The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped

  4. Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off

  5. Put your Coleus back in the cachepot or on the tray

  6. After 1 hour, check that your plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot

“If the leaves on your coleus look soft and droopy, check the soil and if it’s dry, give your plant plenty of water.” — PLANTA PRO TIP

Coleus Watering 2