Learn how to look after an Abutilon x hybridum also known as a parlor maple plant. You’ll appreciate the versatility of this beautiful Plant.
The genus Abutilon is a large group of flowering plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) with over 200 species.
The Abutilon, formal name – Abutilon x hybridum is also nicknamed the parlor maple plant. This is due to the fact that it enjoyed tremendous popularity in the Victorian times. In addition to parlor maple, it is also called Indian mallow or Chinese lantern.
The parlor maple is not related to maple trees. The “maple” refers to the shape of the leaves.
The versatility of the plant arises from the fact that it is actually an evergreen shrub but adapts very well to becoming a container plant. You can use it indoors or outdoors.
These plants can be upright or have a tendency to lean or droop. The drooping varieties are great for arbors or arched trellises.
They come in a variety of colors making them very adaptable toward any interior or exterior decor theme. The flowers are delicate, like crêpe paper.
Check out this quick video for a look at a few large mature specimens:
Abutilon Flowering Maple Quick Facts:
|Common Names||Parlor maple, Abutilon, Abutilon hybrids. There are over 200 different species.|
|Features||It comes in a broad range of colors, from creams and pale paintings up through orange pinks and reds. look for "Abutilon x hybridium"|
|Colors||Indoors these plants can be used as a container plants. They weather outside very nicely in the spring and summer. Used exclusively outside on balconies, terraces or patios they can be used as a shrubbery.|
|Light||Bright light: Direct Sunlight - These plants like a lot of light.for a balcony or patio container place in sunny area. Indoors in front of sunniest window.|
|Watering||Moderate-seasonal. Most varieties of the parlor maple like to be watered often in the spring and summer. Do not soak them, the top of the soil should be just moist. Cut back on watering in the winter.|
|Soil||You can use general all-purpose potting soil. Or, if you prefer to make your own use a four-part formula consisting of two parts loam, one part coarse sand, and one part peat moss.|
|Re-Potting||Repotting is recommended in the spring if needed.|
|Propagation||The easiest method of propagation is from stem cuttings approximately three or 4 inches long. Seeds can also be used which will sprout in approximately four weeks.|
|Comments||Fast grower: Should be pruned in early spring. Pinch shoot tips and fertilize to make more bushy for more flowers and containers.|
Requirements For Growing The Abutilon Flowering Plant
Abultilion flowering maples do quite well in containers for inside or outside use. There are certain species that are specifically designed for containers. Selecting one of these will make it quite easy to maintain.
If your plant is not producing blooms one of the troubleshooting points is to move it into a sunnier location.
The soil mixture should be a standard all-purpose soil mix or you can make your own consisting of four parts, two parts loam, one part peat moss, and one part sand. These plants are generally evergreen in that they will bloom all year round especially indoors. They must get plenty of sunlight and some fertilizer that boosts blooming.
A recommendation on fertilization is to give it a full strength dose once a month and then dilute the fertilizer to 25% strength and apply at each watering.
The soil should be kept moist but not we,. The ideal situation is that the top of the soil will feel damp. Check on the need to make sure that water is not coming out the bottom and the plant is stagnating in it.
Abulitons ideally prefer somewhat cool temperatures. The ideal indoor temperature is 60°F to 70°F. They should also be air good circulation in the room, they do not do well in stuffy rooms.
If you get cold temperatures in the winter you can bring them inside and they will thrive in a well lit room. Since they prefer cooler temperatures and bright light in enclosed per porch might be an ideal environment.
Abutilon Flowering Plant Care
Growing these plants is relatively easy. Remember, it is very sensitive to light conditions and should be kept in bright light.
It is not particularly vulnerable to any kind of pests or insects.
These plants have a tendency to grow out and become “leggy” if they are not pruned back. Without pruning, you’ll end up with a tall and wide scraggly plant.
To maintain an attractive plant for container they need to be pinched back regularly. Not only will this keep them in a dense bushy state, but it will promote new flowers.
Propagation of Abutilon Flowering Maple
The most popular method of propagation for this plant is through cuttings. This results in a plant that is an exact reproduction of its parent plant. The cuttings can be 3 to 6 inches long and should be taken from a stem that does not have blooms on it. Strip off all the leaves on the lower half. Sprinkle the cutting with a rooting hormone.
Place them into a pot with damp soil. Keep the pot cool in bright light conditions. However, being in the direct sunlight may dry the plant out too much. The pot should be Uniformly moist (but not wet). Roots should form 4 to 6 weeks.
Cutting propagation is best done in the spring
The species can be grown from seeds, and under proper conditions you’ll see sprouts to begin to emerge after three or four weeks. However, propagating from seed is for patient people as it generally takes at least a full year. sometimes 2 years before they reach the state of being able to bloom.
Young plants, in their early life, should receive bright light yet be protected from direct sun. The light requirements are a bit of a balancing act. It is also very important to protect them from wildly fluctuating temperatures. The ideal temperature growing range is from 55°F at night to 70°F during the day.
If the plants are going to be kept outside on the balcony or deck, they can be slowly acclimated to direct sunlight. You want to avoid shocking the plants with too much light, too soon.
It is also important to not what young plants dry out. They thrive in humidity and moisture. Just be careful you are not soaking them too much and they are sitting and standing water.
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