Pruning My Flowering Maple - Knowledgebase Question

Niagara Falls, ON
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Question by gburkholder3
May 29, 2001
How do I prune a flowering maple ? I purchased it as a small
plant and it has grown considerably, there are currently 3 tall stems approx 1 ft & 1/2 and it's starting to lean. It appears to be growing upwards not outwards. I live in a 4 season climate, the plant is currently in a pot inside my house on the ledge of my bay window. I don't know what to cut or where. Thank you in advance Lisa

Answer from NGA
May 29, 2001
My flowering maple (Abutilon) did the same thing when it stood in warm temperatures and bright light -- it grew very long branches with big gaps between the nodes. Ideally, abutilon needs a filtered light and moderate temperatures (18 - 20C) for best growth. National Gardening offers a how-to on renovating overgrown houseplants, including abutilon. Once you have renewed the plant, regularly pinch the branch tips back to leaf junctions (axils) to get the plant established in a bushy growth habit. Enjoy!

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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A comment from Miro
January 9, 2018
See above "National Gardening offers a how-to on renovating overgrown houseplants, including abutilon."
Where/how can I find this? Thnx!

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