Alternanthera – Joseph’s Coat Plant: How to Grow Care

My wife saw a plant called a Joseph’s Coat and really liked it. I was hoping to get her one for Valentines Day. Are they hard to care for? Do you know where I can get one?


Hi Tom,

ALTERNANTHERA – Joseph’s Coat Plant  is a fast growing plant. It is fairly easy to care for if you have a bright area and do not forget to water the plant. Joseph’s Coat plant  has colorful green, wavy leaves covered in hot pink splashes and streaks. The coloring on the leaves is totally random. This plant brightens outdoor gardens and sunny indoor rooms.  Here are some care tips: Light: Bright indirect light.  Water when the top 1″ of soil feels dry. Be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the pot and a saucer to catch excess water. Immediately drain the saucer so the plant never sits in water. Water less in the winter, allowing the top 2″-3″ of soil to dry out. Fertilize once in the spring, two or three times in the summer and early fall. Always dilute the plant food to 1/4 the recommended strength. Trim back the stems whenever the plant looks thin and leggy to keep it bushy and full. You can use the stem cuttings to start new plants. Joseph’s Coat plant is fairly pest resistant.

Bright pink and green Joseph's Coat Plant
Joseph’s Coat Plant
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