ABOUT ABUTILON PARLOR MAPLE
Enchanting vibrant green leaves reminiscent of maple leaves are accompanied by pendent lantern-like buds that gracefully bloom with brilliant red coloring and petals textured like butterfly wings. Weeping Parlor Maple is an evergreen in the mallow family highly prized as an ornamental in the garden for its almost non-stop blooming. Wonderful for container growing or in the southern garden.
These are very healthy plants with well established root systems. This beautiful Bright Red is ready to be repotted and enjoyed upon delivery.
Please note: Leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress. The growth rate of Bright Red will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Always changing!
ABUTILON PARLOR MAPLE CARE
Abutilon are very easy to grow tropical fruiting plants that and seem to grow best when neglected. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Parlor Maple can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Bright Red plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new plant, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your Parlor Maple standing straight. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your Bright Red.
Most gardeners don’t realize that Bright Red plants grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 18″ to a 30″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Bright Red enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Bright Red, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This plant requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Most plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Parlor Maples are inspected, watered, pruned if necessary and topped to 36″ to facilitate shipping. Your new plant is then bagged to keep the soil moist, to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Bright Red online now while they are in stock.