The Q&A Archives: Propagation of Flowering Maple plant

Question: Can you propagate Flowering Maple from tissue or can they only be grown from seed? Thank you.

Answer: Abutilon is also known as the flowering maple. Although it is no relation to the maple tree, Abutilon does have maple-like palmate leaves. You may also notice a similarity to mallows and hibiscus. These are cousins of Abutilon, and in addition to similar flower shapes, they share the ability to produce dozens of flowers. In fact, a happy Abutilon can flower almost non-stop, in shades from white to pale yellow to deep coral and red.

You can propagate by taking cuttings. Snip about a 4" tip of a branch while the branch is still green and somewhat tender. Leave 3 leaves, but cut off excess leaves and any flowers or buds. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and place it in a pot of moistened potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. The cuttings should root in about 30 days.

Best wishes with your project!

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