Houseplants forum→Abutilon is persistently leggy

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West-central Maine, Somerset C
Jul 25, 2021 2:44 PM CST
My abutilon has been with me for years, always living indoors. I prune regularly but can never cure this plant of making new growth ONLY from the end of the pruned branch. If I cut off about a third of the stem, it just makes a longer stem. If I cut off about half of the stem, it just makes a longer stem! Help! I don't want to cut it down to almost nothing (it's a big plant) but I do want it to have growth all along the stems and be at least a bit bushy rather than a collection of long stems that are always growing longer. I have trouble pruning as well, because I've been told not to prune a branch that's blooming, but it's almost always blooming! Not that that's a bad thing. Smiling I feed during spring and summer, but have also tried not feeding and different sorts of fertilizers. Nothing seems to cure the legginess. Any suggestions?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Jul 26, 2021 7:36 AM CST
If it's blooming, it's hard to find fault with legginess. More light would be the cure to that, but if your plant is so happy, I'm not recommending a change.

I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing to see a pic of it.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jul 26, 2021 8:37 AM CST
Abutilons do not normally brach. Each stem has a single growing tip at the end and that is where the new growth comes in. There is not much you can do about it. Yes, a photo would help.
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