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Germination of

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Coleus Wizard Mix: Painted nettle, flame nettle, poor man's croton, velvet plant, coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Solenostemon scutellarioides, also known as coleus, can be propagated by seed or stem cuttings. For seed germination, the seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist but not waterlogged. Germination can take up to 2 weeks at temperatures of 70-75�F. For stem cuttings, select a healthy stem and remove the lower leaves. Place the cutting in a well-draining soil mix, keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and keep the cutting in a warm, bright location.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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