Abutilon Hybride - Flowering Maple, Weeping Maple, Chinese Lantern
The rich colors and large calyxes of the Flowering Maples (Abutilon hybrids), appearing in abundance over weeks, are the attraction of these popular perennials, which score with their diversity of varieties.
Flowering Maples (Abutilon) are mainly offered as indoor guests for the windowsill. There, however, the vigorous perennial plants can not stay long, because they grow too large. Today, the majority of the Flowering Maples is treated with compressing agents that keep them unnaturally small. As soon as the effect wears off, the plants become beautiful pot guests for the winter garden or larger rooms, where they stand on the ground. Equally lush, they decorate shady balconies and terraces in summer, because they are not dependent on sun. Even without sun, they open their bright, shiny calyxes throughout the warm season. And if the light supply is sufficient, they do so even in winter. In low-light wintering sites, the shrubs drop most of their heart-shaped, felted leaves and grow new ones in spring. Care tip: It is best to cut back Flowering Maples vigorously shortly before the new growth starts, so that they remain compact and eager to bloom even without compressing agents. A very constant supply of water and fertilizer is important for their health. Insufficient supply weakens Flowering Maples quickly and makes them susceptible to pests (e.g. whiteflies). They are far more cold tolerant than commonly thought and can enjoy a long outdoor season that keeps them fit and vigorous. Please note: Since Flowering Maples are non core items, we offer a yearly varying color selection, which you will find in the respective articles.
Quality: perennial with colorful calyxes; vigorous
Use: from April to September in pots outdoors (balcony, terrace, garden) with overwintering indoors; all year round in bright winter gardens or living rooms or offices
Professional care tips for
+++ Care tips for plants in pots or containers on the balcony and terrace, in the winter garden or in the garden +++ Detailed care descriptions from FLORA TOSKANA +++
Location in summer: Flowering Maples are best positioned in a semi-shady place, because their high water requirements can be more easily met there than in full sun. Although full sun does enhance flowering, there should be no excessive heat, especially in the root area, as it reduces root activity. As a result, the shoots and leaves are insufficiently supplied with water from the roots, although the soil is moist, and deficiency symptoms occur (flowering stops, leaves turn yellow).
Location in winter:Bright at 15° C (+/- 5° C). Depending on the light and heat supply, only part of the foliage is lost. But even losing all their leaves is not a problem, because new foliage growth starts from April/May. Short-term minimum temperature 0° C.
Care in summer: Always keep the soil moist. Short-term wetness is tolerated, repeated dryness causes leaves to turn yellow and fall off, and flowers to stop flowering (see also "location in summer"). The high requirement of nutrients is covered weekly with a liquid fertilizer for flowering potted plants or with a six-month long-term fertilizer in March, and a second feed in summer.
Care in winter: Maintain even soil moisture, but reduce the amount and frequency according to the foliage loss. Note: Wet roots tolerate less cold than slightly moist roots. Make sure the plants have 'warm feet' and do not overwinter them on cold stone floors, but place them slightly elevated from the ground. Do not fertilize from October/November.
Pruning: To keep the crowns bushy, consistent pruning is necessary. Most producers treat Flowering Maples with compressing agents that slow their growth and keep them unnaturally compact (as a matter of principle, we do not use these agents in our nursery). As soon as these agents wear off, Flowering Maples form longer and longer shoots, as is their nature. To maintain compact crowns, light pruning is advised every 4 to 6 weeks. In February/March, shortly before new shoots appear, it is possible to make more radical crown corrections.
Substrate: Flowering Maples in pots need potting up every year to allow more space for their roots. Each year in March they need a pot one size larger than the old one. Use high-quality soil for potted plants, which remains structurally stable, i.e. loose and airy, by coarse particles (such as lavagrus, expanded clay) instead of slumping like peat or pure humus as microorganisms decompose it.
Health: If overwintered too warm, scale insects may appear. In spring and summer, pay attention to aphids that settle on the young leaves and flower buds. Plants stressed by site or care errors may attract whiteflies. Flowering Maples usually are free of spider mites.
Experts in the world of exotic plants:
- South Amercia
- Flowering period
- Constantly blooming
- Color of flowers
- winter temperature
- 12 (±5)°C
- Minimum temperature
- 0 °C
- Hardiness Zones
- 1,5 - 2 m
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