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Abutilon cutting and buds

A few months ago a friend of mine (the one with this wonderful garden) gave me a cutting of his Abutilon (Chinese lantern, flowering maple) which I had admired. I kept the cutting in the pot he gave it to me in for a couple of weeks / months and finally at the beginning of spring I planted it out into the garden as a tiny little plant. I’ve been watching it grow in anticipation of it looking as gorgeous as his does. On a walk-about of the garden this morning guess what I found? Not only has it grown significantly, but it has BUDS!! (Is it normal to get this excited about buds on plants, or is it just me?)

So here we have the plant as it is now …

Abutilon buds

[one_half]Lots of buds, YayLots of buds, YAY![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gorgeous Abutilon budsGorgeous Abutilon buds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]New shoots on the broken partNew shoots on the broken part[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I see the aphids like it tooHmm, I see the aphids like it too[/one_half_last]

When I planted the cutting I accidentally broke a piece off the plant which I stuck in a pot and has now also taken root and is sprouting new leaves. Soon I will be able to add another of these lovely shrubs to my growing garden.

And I see I’m not the only one excited about the Abutilon … aphids are busy moving in and making themselves at home. Going to have to hose them off a bit later when the sun goes down …

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

9 replies on “Abutilon cutting and buds”

When I’m tidying up in autumn, anything woody and vigorous gets tucked in. If it takes, good, if not there’s heaps more!

What colour will we be when we open? Reminds me I have a little pink/purple Abutilon my sister gave me, is a bit overgrown and hidden. Tomorrow!

Hi Diana – These I think are yellow. The original that he gave me the cutting from is a variegated one with variegated leaves and orangey/yellow blooms. Strange mine is not variegated. I don’t know why. I LOVE Abutilon – please please show us photos 🙂

Of course it’s normal to get excited about buds – I’ve spent the last few weeks inspecting all my rose buds several times a day. I’m envious of your Abutilons – they’re a bit cold tender for us. Looking forward to your flowers.

I like abutilons enormously and found they always do well from cuttings (ie easy) but there the comparison ends as mine are pot plants in the house. How lovely to be able to plant them outside where they will really flourish.

Oh, yes, I think it’s perfectly normal to get so excited about buds! And to get so excited about someone else’s buds! I’ve never grown this plant, but I think it would be a very unique and interesting plant to grow. I hope both your plants take off!

How exciting! I love plants that easily root from cuttings, as I like having “backup” plants in case something goes wrong with the original. I’ll often buy a plant and then immediately take several cuttings — I’ll try propagating almost anything I prune.

Can’t wait to see future photos!

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