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Question: We would like to know if coleus can withstand winter?? We bought 2 plants and re-potted them in large containers. I've read that we need to bring them in for the winter! Is this true? If so, please tell us how to handle this, and anything else we need to know!!

Answer: Coleus is a tender plant and is usually considered a summer annual. Most gardeners enjoy the plant during the warm weather and then toss them out. You can take tip cuttings of your plant and grow them indoors during the winter, but if you allow the plants to flower and set seeds, they will die. So, pinch the plants back to encourage new leaf growth and pinch out any flower stems that they might send out to keep them from setting seeds. In the fall you can take the plants indoors or you can take tip cuttings to grow indoors.

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