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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 18, 2016 6:31 PM CST
Hi Danita,
I see you are growing your abutilon outdoors. Is that year round? If so how cold do your winters get and how do you winter protect them?
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Calif_Sue
Mar 19, 2016 12:30 AM CST

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Lynn, according to Plant Delights, several can be grown down to 7 b
http://www.plantdelights.com/Abutilon-for-sale/buy-Flowering...
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 19, 2016 7:26 AM CST
Thank you Sue. I am going to give this a try.
Name: Danita
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Danita
Mar 19, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Hi Lynn,

This particular photo was taken at a local botanical garden. My close-up photo was from my own plant.

Although this cultivar is rated hardy here, I usually have it growing in a container so I throw it in the garage over the coldest winter months. I'm on the cusp of 7b/8a. They will keep blooming through some mild freezes outside. I've kept them outside in containers until it got around 28 F and they would still be blooming. I lost my nerve and didn't leave them out any longer since container plants are more sensitive than in-ground plants.

They are surprisingly tough plants. The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here like this cultivar. This one is a constant bloomer. Some Abutilons will take a break from blooming during our hot summers, but this one keeps pumping out the blooms.

I bet they would do great for you! Since you are on the west coast, you should be able to easily find lots of varieties to try. For some reason, it is really difficult to find anything but the stumpy little 'Bella' series here.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Mar 19, 2016 3:28 PM CST
Thank you for the information Danita.
We do have many different ones available here in Oregon. I did have Voodoo growing out doors for several years, until the house got painted and did it in.

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