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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jul 2, 2015 12:40 PM CST
If I was to save seed from my Coleus and sow it in a pot, leaving it out all winter when it's frozen, will it sprout in Spring?

I know the actual plant can't survive frost but I never heard anything about the seeds.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 2, 2015 2:56 PM CST
Possibly. I have has coleus reseed in my garden.
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lovesblooms
Jul 2, 2015 3:42 PM CST
I've had reseeding in zone 7a, too, Keith.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jul 2, 2015 9:11 PM CST
That's great news! I'm going to try it!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Apr 18, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Guess who popped up after being outside all Winter! I hope more pop up!
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Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
Apr 18, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Plenty more to come, I'm sure!
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 18, 2016 2:38 PM CST
Sure looks like a Coleus, Keith. But keep an eye on it. Might be some other weed that looks similar.

Coleus are fairly tender, but if the pot happened to be in a protected place, or buried by leaves or something, the seeds may survive.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Apr 18, 2016 3:46 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Sure looks like a Coleus, Keith. But keep an eye on it. Might be some other weed that looks similar.

Coleus are fairly tender, but if the pot happened to be in a protected place, or buried by leaves or something, the seeds may survive.


It wasn't protected at all only when snow fell. I planted in late fall when it's too cold to sprout, so the seed went dormant only sprouting when it's warm now.
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 18, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Congratulations!

Hey, what are the other three plants growing in the same pot?
(I drew some yellow arrows...)
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Apr 18, 2016 4:57 PM CST
greene said:Congratulations!

Hey, what are the other three plants growing in the same pot?
(I drew some yellow arrows...)
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That's moss
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jun 23, 2016 9:42 PM CST
Update

Here are two plants that came from the same pot. One clearly is coleus, the other I don't know, could it be catnip or salvia? I had all 3 plants growing side by side last year. The green plant smells similar to catnip but this isn't as strong?
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jun 30, 2016 12:36 AM CST
Sure looks like catnip to me. I haven't found any volunteer coleus this year but many years I do. Of course we are in a drought so that may have something to do with it.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Aug 1, 2016 4:51 PM CST
Some seeds did survive the Winter!
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