Abutilon hybridum comes from Brazil and loves the warmth of the sun. Even so, it cannot tolerate being placed in the intense rays of the summer sun.
Blooming Time: Spring-Summer. A mature Flowering Maple provides a splendid show of color throughout the spring and early summer, with masses of flowers produced at the tip of branches.
Culture: Abutilon hybridum keeps its yellow-green leaves all year. Flowering Maples like plenty of light. In winter it likes a temperature of just under 60 degrees, but in spring and summer a temperature of 68 to 80 degrees is desired. Protect the plant from midday sun. Give plenty of water from March through August, especially on hot days when the plant can quickly dry out. Water sparingly in winter but never allow the soil to dry completely. Feed once a week during the growing season. You will normally need to repot every year if you want growth to resume. A potting mix of 2 part's peat moss to 2 part's loam to 1 part sand is ideal. In spring cut the old stems back and new sprouts will appear. Trim over-long branches to desired shape.
Propagation: Abutilon hybridum is propagated by cuttings taken in spring, but can be grown from seed when it is available.
Abutilon hybridum was featured as Plant of the Week January 22-28, 1999.
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