The Q&A Archives: Starting Coleus From Seed

Question: I have a question about sprouting Coleus. I started it in April, indoors. It came up, made the little seed leaves, and so far has not done anything else. It hasn't died, it just sits there. Since the weather warmed up, I have moved the flats outside toasheltered area that gets a little evening sun. Daytime temps are about 70-80 degrees, nightime drops to around 60. I live on the San Francisco peninsula, California. (Zone 15/16 of the Sunset book). Why won't they grow?

Answer: Give the babies full sun, transplant to a larger container with fresh soil mix (potting soil, not seedling mix), and a diluted shot of a liquid fertilizer. By the way, Coleus absolutely loves the sunshine of San Francisco.

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