Looking for some easy tips on how to grow abutilon plants? Well, read on friends, because we’ve got all the info you need to get the most out of your abutilon.
The Beauty of Abutilon
A nearly year-round show of delicate papery blossoms on gently drooping stems makes abutilon a charming ornamental plant. The flowers come in a wide range of bright colors, including vivid reds and yellows, pure white, striped, and many more in between. The flowering maple with solid green leaves is thought to be the strongest grower.
Abutilon are also often grown indoors as colorful and lush houseplants, being treated like geraniums or fuchsias (placed outdoors in summer and brought indoors as the weather turns cold.). A single parent plant will reward the gardener with a generous supply of new plants.
How to Grow Abutilon: Proper Care
Give it good light and proper care, and your abutilon will reward you with a steady show of lovely flowers. Abutilon does best with temperature between 65 and 75 degrees. They need bright light. Water thoroughly and then let plants dry until the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch before watering again. Feed monthly with an all-purpose (20-20-20) fertilizer. Abutilon will survive the winter outdoors in zones 8-10, but in all other zones needs to be treated as an annual.
How to Overwinter Abutilon
As frost approaches, bring abutilon indoors. Overwinter it inside, but when the air is very dry, mist every few days or set plants on a bed of damp pebbles to prevent problems with spider mites. In spring or summer, take 4-inch-long stem tip cuttings and put to root in a damp seed-starting mix. Use rooting hormone powder, and transplant to any peaty potting soil after 4 to 6 weeks; set three rooted cuttings in a 6-inch container. In about a month, repot individual plants to 8-inch pots. Never add lime, since abutilon does best in acid soil.
How to Grow Abutilon: Shaping
Regularly pruned, abutilon plants keep a bushy shape. Tied to sturdy stakes, upright plants can reach 3 feet. They tend to be leggy, so careful pruning (by 1/3 their size in spring) just before the vigorous flush of new growth keeps the flowering maple in check.
Garden Design Ideas
Bush rose, petunia, lobelia, Japanese aralia, and licorice plant are all good companions to the flowering maple plant. In addition to being grown in pots or hanging baskets, you can train abutilon plants into a tree-like shape by tying the main stem to a sturdy stake. To do this, be sure to pinch off all branches that grow from the lowest 15 inches of stem.
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