This week as we in southern Ontario were bracing for a winter storm my friend Jen of A Garden of Threads decided to pack up our photography gear and head down to Toronto to Allan Gardens. We just needed to see what was growing in the greenhouses and take pictures of flowers. Unfortunately, it was between seasons in the greenhouses. The Christmas plantings were gone and the bulbs were just popping up in the beds. We did manage to find a few blooms despite the lack of sunlight.
The Abutilon x hybridum or Flowering Maple is a houseplant in these parts. It can be placed outside in the summer months to grace a deck or patio. This plant is a tropical shrub or small three that if carefully looked after should continuously bloom. The crepe paperlike flowers come in colours of red, yellow, pink, orange or peach. This one was a lovely shade of pink. I loved the veining in the petals. The leaves of the plant resemble the maple leaves of the deciduous tree. The white variegated leaved variety of the plant is best grown just for foliage as it rarely blooms….so says the Miracle-Gro Complete Guide to Houseplants. Care of the Abutilon plant requires regular attention to watering, feeding and pruning as it is fast growing. The mature height is 1-5 feet (.30cm to 1.5m) tall and 1-3 feet (.30cm to .90cm) wide. It does take up a bit of room. Water to keep it evenly moist but allow it to dry slightly between watering. Give it a acid food fertilizer every two weeks to keep in peak condition. The plant blooms best when pot bound. Aphids, spider mites , mealybugs and whiteflies are its main pest problem.
Today I think I will share the Abutilon with Laura at BloggingfromBolivia for Macro Friday and Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday. Hope you have finished shovelling out from this weeks storm. Have a great weekend. Valerie