Answer: Alternanthera ficoidea, or Joseph's Coat, is considered a foliage plant for both indoor and outdoor growing. In fact, the variegated leaves are the most outstanding characteristic of this plant. Keep the soil moderately moist and the temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees for best show. Pinching will keep the plant short and bushy. Rather than rely on seeds, take tip cuttings, which root quickly in plain water. If you do so now, you can start cuttings indoors and pot them up to grow indoors all winter long, then transplant the rooted cuttings into the garden next spring.
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