Plant ID forum: what type of plant is this?

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Kellycorrinne
Oct 8, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Hi! I am in the process of moving my plants from the back deck indoors for the winter and I am hoping to find out what type of plant this is (I had thought it was an Abbey Road but online pics of that search don't look like this) because I am wondering how it would do hanging in a frosted window in the washroom facing the sunrise. I am also planning to repot it to a larger one as it has done quite well this summer. Any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks :)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 8, 2016 2:09 PM CST
It appears to be a type of coleus, to me. It will go dormant and die back in the winter.
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plantmanager
Oct 8, 2016 2:12 PM CST
I was also thinking it's a Coleus. Keep the flowers picked off for better growth. Instead of taking it inside, why don't you just take some cuttings and root them in water. They will be pretty all winter, and ready to plant in the pot when Spring comes.
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WillC
Oct 8, 2016 4:02 PM CST
It does appear to be a Coleus 'Abbey Road.' Most folks grow these as annuals outdoors and discard them when cold weather arrives. Cuttings in water will survive quite easily over the winter. However, Coleus can also be grown indoors year round. I have one that is now in its third year and has never been outside.

Indoors it has to be in a very sunny window and the soil kept moderately moist. A frosted window will not provide enough light. It does not have a dormant period, although growth does slow down as the day length shortens. To keep it looking presentable through the winter months, you have to keep it pinched and pruned back substantially, especially as spring arrives. That is the only way to keep it from becoming leggy.

Do NOT repot it at this time. As the light reduces so will the growth rate of the plant and its roots. If it is truly potbound next spring, that would be the appropriate time to repot, although mine has been in the same pot for three years and is doing just fine.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 8, 2016 9:39 PM CST

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Moved to the Plant ID forum so it could be marked as 'solved'.
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purpleinopp
Oct 9, 2016 5:02 AM CST
Coleus make fine house plants over winter, IME. Agree that they need more light for winter than they do during the much longer days of summer. Butterflies & bees LOVE Coleus blooms outside, but once brought inside, they are kind of messy, dropping the petals all over the floor.
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