How to Grow Coleus in Water

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Learn How to Grow Coleus in Water with this step-by-step guide! It’s easy! It’s fun! And helps you to showcase it in beautiful vases!

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Growing Coleus in water is a fun way to add a colorful plant to your indoor variegated collection! Discover the easy steps to do it right!

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How to Grow Coleus in Water?

1. Taking the Cutting

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Snip 4-6 inches of cuttings from the parent coleus plant just below a leaf node.
Remove the leaves from the lower half of each cutting, leaving only the top sets of leaves.

2. Rooting Hormone (Optional)

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Dip the cut end of the cutting in rooting hormone (You can also use honey). While this step is optional, it can enhance root development.

3. Place Cuttings in Water

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Fill the container with enough water to submerge the lower portion of the cuttings.
Insert it into the water, ensuring the leafless node is below the water level.

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Taking Care of the Cutting

4. Location and Light

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Place the container in a spot with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun exposure, as it may encourage algae growth in the water.

5. Monitor and Change Water

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Check the water level regularly – change it every 4-6 days to keep it fresh and oxygenated. If it looks cloudy – change it immediately.

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Root Development

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After a few weeks, you should observe roots emerging from the submerged nodes. Once the roots are a few inches long, your coleus cuttings are ready for transplanting.

Once the roots are well-established, you can either continue to grow the plant in the water or transplant it into a pot filled with well-draining soil.

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