The Q&A Archives: Flowering Maple Plant

Question: My Dad has a flowering maple plant he had on his porch this summer.It bloomed little orange flowers and hasn't bloomed since. He was wondering how to care for this plant. What light,food,and clipping it should need? Any suggestions?

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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