I’ve wanted one of these since the first time I saw a giant specimen at a local nursery 3 years ago. The gorgeous chinese-lantern like flowers are like something out of a tropical rainforest. I picked up a 5 gallon size one at 2020 PNW Flower & Garden Festival even though I would have loved to grab the gigantic one the vendor had on display. They are truly stunning! Abutilon can supposedly be an outdoor plant so I promptly sat it out on the deck when we got home. Then I promptly relocated it to the sunroom after it started looking really sad. Now it’s growing beautifully and will probably need transplanting into a larger pot some time this year.
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10
Bloom Season: Everbloomer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Hardy to 10-20 degrees F
Grows to 2-4'
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 35
Needs well-drained soil.
Most Abutilon that die in the PNW do so not from cold but from being too wet too long.
Prune down to 12 inches after first frost. Water every day above 70 degrees, fertilize every week.
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