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Stained Glassworks™ (Coleus hybrida)

Landscape cultivars: Big Blonde, Copper, Daffy, Defiance, Emerald & Snow, Molten Lava, and Witch Doctor.
Novelty cultivars: Burgundy Wedding Train, Kiwi Fern, Midnight Train, Needlepoint, Oompah, Rose Explosion, Show & Tell, Tilt A Whirl, Trailing Plum, Eruption, and Green Autry


Coleus can be propagated in various tray sizes including 72, 84, and 105’s. Propagate using one cutting per cell. Propagation Cycle: 3 weeks


  • Choose a well-drained aerated propagation media
  • Avoid media containing peat moss which will hold too much water
  • Choose a blended media with other components or inorganic media such as Oasis® or Rockwool®

Bottom Heat

  • Bottom heat will promote healthy root development.
  • Maintain bottom heat at 70-75°F/21-24°C.
  • Mist will cool the media temperature. Monitor media temperature closely and frequently.

Rooting Hormones

  • Coleus roots easily without the use of rooting hormone. However, time to root and uniformity in rooting may be improved with use of a hormone.
  • Either liquid or powder formulations work equally well. Choose a product with up to 2500 ppm IBA or up to 500 ppm NAA.


  • Average days with mist vary from 4-6 days depending on environmental conditions in the greenhouse.
  • Mist cuttings so they remain turgid but avoid over misting that results in saturated media.
  • Over misting will result in slow rooting and possible problems with root rot and botrytis.

Growth Regulating

  • It is important to transplant cuttings on time to avoid stretch.
  • If necessary, Coleus responds to B-Nine® sprays at 1000 ppm.

Growing On

Choose a media with the following traits:

  • Good aeration
  • Porosity between 5-15%
  • Sterile


  • Avoid excess irrigation and fertilization while plants are establishing which can lead to slow root development.
  • Fertilizer Regime
    • Begin fertilizing 2 weeks after transplant.
    • Choose a complete balanced fertilizer complete with minor elements.
    • Apply 150-200 ppm constant liquid feed.
    • Avoid using too much ammonium based nitrogen and higher rates of fertilizer which will promote unwanted stretch and soft vegetative growth.
    • A slow release product may also be used to supplement a constant liquid feed program and may provide improved performance for the consumer.
  • Maintain pH between 5.5-6.3
  • Optimum EC is 1.5 to 2.0 mmhos. Provide periodic clear water application if excess salts accumulate.

Coleus can be grown successfully at a wide range of temperatures but for best results the crop should be established warm. As root growth and top growth begins temperatures can be reduced.

Establishing temperature: 65°F/18°C average daily temperature.

Temperatures for growing on: 75-85°F/21-30C day and 55-65°F/13-18°C night.

Relative Humidity:
Maintain relative humidity below 70% and provide good air circulation to avoid problems with botrytis.

Coleus will tolerate bright light but for more intense foliage color provide shadier conditions.

Will tolerate:

  • 4,000-6,000 foot candles/43,100-64,600 lux

Foliage color will be more intense:

  • 1,500 – 3,000 foot candles/15,690 – 31,380 lux

Establish plants pot tight than space to:

  • 4” pots – 5-6” centers (approximately 2 per sq. ft.)
  • 6” pots/1 gallon – 14” centers
  • 8” pots – 18” centers

1st Pinch- soon after transplanting and once plants have established
2nd Pinch- plants can be pinched or sheared as needed for shape or for height control

Plant Growth Regulators
Growth Regulators are generally not needed. If necessary Coleus responds to:

  • B-Nine® as a spray at 2500 ppm
  • Cycocel® sprays at 1500 ppm
  • Sumagic® as a spray at 5-10 ppm

Insect and Disease Concerns

  • Aphids
  • Mealy Bugs
  • Whiteflies


  • Alternaria
  • Botrytis
  • Pythium


Product Form # Liners per pot Weeks to establish prior to pinch Total crop time* (weeks)
4″ 1 2 3-5
6″ 1 2 4-6
Hanging Baskets 3-4 2 6-10

*total crop time may vary depending on the vigor of the individual varieties

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