Coleus Plants Wilting?

The "starter plants" (coleus) wilt at ground level. Is this a soil or insect problem?

By Dorothy


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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

Coleus or Plectranthus scutellaroides, yes I know which one I prefer, do like moist soils or they wilt. However if they're wilting all the time you probably have a root or stem rot problem.

When you buy the starters always turn one or two out of the pot to check the roots. They need to be white and healthy, yellow - brown etc means they have begun to rot. Your soil should be fine as they tolerate a wide soil type as long as it's free draining.

Best to buy as they come in from the grower and plant ASP. They should establish immediately. Sometimes growers don't produce healthy plants and they tend to wilt and stall then rot. Always check the roots. Its also a good idea to buy compact hardened off plants. Look at the stems if they're soft and there is hardly any branching means they need to be slowly hardened off by increasing sun exposure in increments and pinched back. The grower should've done this already.


I always use a very dilute fungicide, soil and plant drench at planting but its preferable to get healthy plants.

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