Abutilon x hybridum 'Orange Red' is one of the many hybrid abutilons being offered in nurseries these days. The range of colors and forms are many.
Blooming Time: Spring- Summer. A mature Flowering Maple provides a splendid show of color throughout the spring and early summer, with flowers produced at the tip of branches.
Culture: Abutilon x hybridum 'Orange Red' keeps its green leaves all year. Parlor 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. Fertilize once a week during the growing season with a balanced fertizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. You will normally need to repot every year if you want vigorous growth. A potting mix of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand is ideal. In spring cut the old stems back and new sprouts will appear. Trim overly long branches to desired shape.
Propagation: Abutilon x hybridum is propagated by cuttings taken in spring, but can be grown from seed when it is available.
Abutilon x hybridum 'Orange Red' was featured as Plant of the Week May 19-25, 2000.
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