Propagation of Flowering Maple plant - Knowledgebase Question

Merrill, wi
Question by Fmittelstead
July 7, 2008
Can you propagate Flowering Maple from tissue or can they only be grown from seed? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
July 7, 2008


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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