What to do with my potted plant now that it's getting cold? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by shorty25855
November 4, 2010
My son got me a plant for Mother's Day this year. It is a Colorblaze-Dipt in Wine (Solenostemon scutellarioides). It has done really well since Mother's Day but,now that is getting cold I don't know what to do? I brought it in the house and my cats are trying to eat it and if I leave it out the cold will kill it. Since it is an annual will it just grow back next year if it dies?

Answer from NGA
November 4, 2010
Solenostemon scutellarioides is commonly known as Coleus. It is an annual if you leave it outdoors it will die within a few weeks. Since it is an annual, it will not come back next year. It will remain alive if you take it indoors, especially if you pinch off any flowers it tries to develop, before they set seeds. The alternative is to let it die and replace it with a healthy new plant next spring.

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