Coleus Plants

coleus sprouts

Zone gardnerville, nv 89460 | added on September 30, 2016 | Answered

My coleus sprouted eight weeks ago. They still have only the two baby leaves, and have not gotten bigger nor gained their true leaves. I have tried changing the amount of sun and watering a little less, neither of these worked, and now I am down to 4 sprouts from 7. Should I ditch the lot and start again? I started them in jiffy pellets in a covered container and removed the cover after they sprouted, which was actually considerably faster than expected.

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    Answered on September 30, 2016

    Coleus seedlings can be slow growing, but they should begin to grow faster if they have the right conditions. They may be too cold- try putting them in a warmer spot but also give them plenty of light. You could also try adding a bit of fertilizer.

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    Answered on October 1, 2016

    I tried putting them directly under a solar tube for extra light and warmth. but it dried them out too fast. that is how
    I lost two of the sprouts. They are near a south facing window for light now.

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    Answered on October 1, 2016

    thank you. did try fertilizing about three weeks ago, but still no change at all. it is a steady 76 degrees Fahrenheit in here, is that too cool?

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