Answer: I'm not sure what happened to your Dad's plant, but in general this is a fairly easy flowering plant. Flowering maples (Abutilon) tends to bloom best when it is a small plant so many gardeners will propagate it by cuttings each year. They can be pinched regularly to maintain a bushy shape. In general they are fairly easy to please and prefer a sunny window, moderate watering in winter but slightly moister soil during the growing season, and moderate to cool temperatures -- 70 degrees is about right. Regular fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer is a good idea and they also prefer a rich potting mix. Maybe you can get it to bloom this winter!
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