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Flowering Maples (Abutilon) are mainly offered as room guests for the windowsill. However, the vigorous perennial plants can not stay here long, because they are too big. The majority of the Flowering Maples is today treated with compression means that keep them unnaturally small. As soon as the effect wears off, the plants will start - and become beautiful pot guests for the winter garden or larger rooms, where they stand on the ground. Just as lavishly decorate in summer shaded to shady balconies and terraces, because on the sun are beautiful Mallow not dependent. Even without sun, they open their bright, shiny calyx throughout the warm season. And if the light supply is sufficient, even in winter. On less crowded wintering grounds, the shrubs cast off a large part of their heart-shaped, felted leaves and repopulate in the spring. Care tip: Shortly before the fresh sprouting is the best time to cut back Flowering Maples vigorously, so they remain compact and blooming even without compression means. Important for their health is a very constant water and fertilizer supply. Shortage of light mallow swells rapidly and makes it susceptible to pests (e.g., white flies). But: They are far more cold-tolerant than commonly thought and can enjoy a long outdoor season that keeps them fit and strong. Please note: as we do not count them as our core assortment, we offer you an annually varying color selection, which you will find in the respective articles.
Quality: perennial with colorful calyxes; vigorous
punkt_gruen.gif Use: from April to September outdoors in potted gardens (balcony, terrace, garden) with hibernation in the house; All year round in bright winter gardens and residential or business premises
Professional care tips for
Abutilon - Flowering Maples
+++ Help with care in the pot, as a container plant on the balcony and terrace, in the winter garden or in the garden +++ Detailed care description of FLORA TOSKANA +++
Location in summer: A half-shady place is best, because here you can meet the high water demand of the Schönmalven rather than in full sun. Although full sun does enhance flowering, there should be no excessive heat, especially in the root area, as it reduces root activity. As a result, the shoots and leaves are insufficiently supplied with water by the roots, although the soil is moist, and deficiency symptoms occur (pollen, yellow leaves).
Winter in winter: bright at 15 ° C (+/- 5 ° C). Depending on the light and heat supply, only part of the foliage remains. But even complete defoliation is unproblematic, since new issue from April / May. Short-term minimum temperature 0 ° C.
Care in summer: always keep the soil moist. Short-term wetness is well tolerated, repeated dryness leads to leafy yellowing, leaf fall and a flower stop (see also "location in summer"). The high nutrient requirement is covered weekly with a liquid liquid fertilizer for flowering potted plants or from March with a six-month long-term fertilizer, which is refreshed in summer (re-fertilization).
Care in winter: Maintain even soil moisture, but reduce the amount and frequency according to the foliage loss. Note: Wet roots tolerate less cold than slightly moist. Keep warm feet and do not hibernate plants on cold stone floors but slightly elevated. Do not fertilize from October / November.
Cut: A consistent pruning is necessary so that the crowns remain bushy. On the part of the producers (we reject the use in principle and do not carry them out in our farm), they are treated with growth inhibitors that keep them unnaturally compact. As soon as these remedies diminish, they will produce ever longer sprouts, as is their nature. In order to preserve compact crowns, a slight pruning (prizing) is recommended every 4 to 6 weeks. In February / March, shortly before the new sprouting, it is possible to make more radical crown corrections.
Substrate: Healthy plants root their pots within one season and each year in March need a jar one size larger than the old one. Use high quality potted soil, which remains structurally stable, ie loose and airy, by coarse particles (such as lavagrus, expanded clay) instead of collapsing like peat or pure humus as microorganisms decompose it.
Health: If the hibernation is too warm, scale insects may be present. In spring and summer, pay attention to aphids, which settle on the young leaf and flower buds. Plant or plant-stressed plants can attract white flies. Exception remains an infection with spider mites.
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|Height||1,5 - 2 m|
|Flowering period||constantly blooming|
|Color of flowers||multi coloured|
|winter temperature||12 (±5)°C|
|Minimum temperature||0 °C|
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