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Abutilon x hybridum 'Apricot Glow'

Apricot glow flowering maple

Flowering Maple

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes In California's Central Valley and surrounding foothills, hybrid abutilons will grow well outdoors all year if given protection from both hot sun and frost. Whether you grow them in containers or in the ground, remember to water and fertilize your plants regularly for the best foliage and flowering.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    April

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    May

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    June

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    July

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    August

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    September

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    April

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    May

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    June

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    July

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    August

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    September

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    April

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    May

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    June

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    July

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    August

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    September

    Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.

    April

    Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    May

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    June

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    July

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    August

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    September

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    October

    Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect from frost and cold winds.

    February

    Protect from frost and cold winds.

    March

    Protect from frost and cold winds.

    June

    Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

    July

    Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

    August

    Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

    September

    Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

    November

    Protect from frost and cold winds.

    December

    Protect from frost and cold winds.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check for snails and slugs.

    February

    Check for snails and slugs.

    March

    Check for snails and slugs.

    April

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    May

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    June

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    July

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    August

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    September

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    October

    Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

    November

    Check for snails and slugs.

    December

    Check for snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Control snails and slugs.

    February

    Control snails and slugs.

    March

    Control snails and slugs.

    April

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    May

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    June

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    July

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    August

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    September

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    October

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    November

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    December

    Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.

    May

    Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    May

    Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

    June

    Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

    July

    Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

    August

    Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

    September

    Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.